• Pictured are ‘CCC Boys’ (left to right, seated) Clyde Harkins, 95 years old, Herbert Brimer, 102, and IT Harkins, 99. Standing is volunteer Ray Taylor with the John B. Derden Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Vogel State Park. “Between 1933 and 1942, they built state parks, recreation areas and fire towers, performed work in many historical sites, addressed erosion issues (a major problem at the time), ran telephone lines and planted 24 million trees in Georgia,” Taylor said of the CCC.
    Pictured are ‘CCC Boys’ (left to right, seated) Clyde Harkins, 95 years old, Herbert Brimer, 102, and IT Harkins, 99. Standing is volunteer Ray Taylor with the John B. Derden Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Vogel State Park. “Between 1933 and 1942, they built state parks, recreation areas and fire towers, performed work in many historical sites, addressed erosion issues (a major problem at the time), ran telephone lines and planted 24 million trees in Georgia,” Taylor said of the CCC.

‘CCC Boys’ plan reunion at Vogel State Park

The John B. Derden Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Vogel State Park will be hosting the annual Civilian Conservation Corps History Day on Saturday, May 11, commencing at 11 a.m. The event will begin with a program presented by David Foot on the history of the CCC on a federal, state and local basis. 

Prior to retiring a few years ago, Foot spent two decades as the park manager at Vogel. He caught the “CCC bug” from Derden, and was a major advocate for establishing the museum at Vogel. Following retirement from the Georgia Park Service, Foot continues to support the CCC by sharing his knowledge at various civic and educational gatherings.  

Following the history program, the “CCC Boys” in attendance (even at an advanced age, proud to be called CCC Boys), their descendants and other members of the audience will be asked to share their personal stories related to the CCC. This is an “open mic” session and over the years, has proven to be a very interesting segment of the day. 

The “Boys” enjoy answering questions and telling stories. There will be hands-on demonstrations, and attendees are encouraged to try their hand with a number of the tools the men used to reshape our nation. 

The CCC has a deep history in the north Georgia mountains. The program touched many families and was a key ingredient for surviving difficult times brought on by the Great Depression.  

“You will be amazed at the accomplishments these young men attained throughout the country in order to take care of themselves and their families,” a release states.

An excerpt from a song written by local musicians Terry and Tisa Smith, after they read a poem penned by Derden while he served in the CCC, goes like this:

“From the villages, cities and towns; The young men traveled from all around; For a dollar a day their lives would change; And our Nation was rearranged; For a dollar a day.”  

Mark your calendar to attend or participate to help share the legacy and discover how the CCC impacted the lives of many. The John B. Derden CCC Museum is the sole stand-alone CCC museum in Georgia, one of 18 in the nation, and is supported by an enthusiastic group known at the Friends of Vogel State Park. For details, call the park office at 706-745-2628.

 

Volunteer at CCC Museum

Those who are looking for a “very satisfying volunteer opportunity” should  consider volunteering at the CCC Museum at Vogel State Park. The museum opens in April and runs through October. The museum is open at the following times:

 Fridays — Noon-4 p.m.

 Saturdays — 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

 Sundays — Noon-4 p.m.

Times are flexible. Volunteering at the museum is a great opportunity to learn the history of the CCC, to share that history with visitors, to have the opportunity to meet CCC Boys and their descendants, as well as meet interesting park and museum visitors. For details, call the park office at 706-745-2628.

— Source: Vogel State Park

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