New Castle News

May 4, 2013

Historical society features CCC

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — America’s Civilian Conservation Corps, “the tree soldiers,” turns 80 this year.

In celebration of this milestone, the CCC will be featured at Wednesday’s meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society. The meeting, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will be at the CCC memorial statue by the carousel building at Cascade Park. Those attending should take a lawn chair.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Lawrence County Historical Society on North Jefferson Street.

Local CCC chapter members George Lamorella, Angelo Nocera and Dan Micaletti will speak about the history of the program, their experiences and what the chapter has done over the years for New Castle.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was established as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. A stimulus package, parks-building effort, and environmental project rolled into one, the CCC provided jobs and worked wonders during the Great Depression by employing young men, age 18 to 25, whose families were on relief.

The program ran from April 15, 1933 until June 30, 1942. Participants, who wore military-type uniforms, built miles of roads and foot paths, strung miles of telephone wires, and planted billions of trees. After it was abolished, many groups stayed intact to do volunteer work such as New Castle’s chapter 125.