SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The contributions made by The Civilian Conservation Corps to the landscape and culture of Acadia National Park will be the topic of a talk by local scholar Jack Russell at the Claremont Hotel on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 8:15 p.m.
During the Great Depression, some 3,000 young men, mostly from Maine, came to Acadia for six months or more to work hard as part of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps. Who were they? Why did they come? What did they do for our park and communities? What legacy did they leave?
As Acadia founder and Superintendent George Dorr said, aside from the men who built our roads, the CCC lads were the ANP workforce in the 1930s.
Russell is the co-chairman of the Acadia Centennial Task Force.