As part of Jefferson College's Performing Arts and Cultural Enrichment (PACE) series, Jefferson College Library is pleased to offer a presentation, exhibits, a research guide, and a special performance about the 1930's federal Civilian Conservation Corps program and the enduring public works accomplished by the men who participated, including many familiar structures at Missouri and National Parks. We celebrate the work of Company 1743, a company of African American men who built the lodge, lookout shelters, and 1000 Steps Trail at Washington State Park.
October 4, 2023, 2-3pm Jefferson College Professor of History (retired) Dr. Scott Holzer presents "The Civilian Conservation Corps: Working Against the Depression."
February 8, 2024, 2-3pm, Jefferson College Library welcomes Emmy Award-Winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk for CCC Company 1743.
This episode features Andrew Olden, a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri-Columbia and staff member for the African American Heritage in the Ozarks Project, discussing Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1743, an African American unit based at Washington State Park along the banks of the Big River near De Soto, Missouri, in the mid-1930s.
The CCC and other federal works programs often had many layers of administration, including state and local governments and different federal agencies. Sometimes, the records from states have been collected and digitized, like those found at the University of Idaho. https://www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/cccidaho/ , but other sources of information are scattered across archives, local and and state governments, and, even in the case of many of the documents use to tell the story of Washington State Park, in personal collections.