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Jamerson to present 'Dollar-A-Day Boys'

Program looks at Civilian Conservation Corps

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Bill Jamerson will provide a fun, nostalgic look at the 1930s Federal Works program that gave employment to 3.5 million men.

Jamerson’s “Dollar-A-Day Boys’” presentation will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Morris Area Public Library. Jamerson promises to provide hilarious stories, and foot-tapping songs and a short video make the program a “must-see” experience.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-42) was one of the earliest New Deal programs, established to relieve unemployment during the Great Depression by providing national conservation work primarily for young unmarried men. Projects included planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting forest fires and maintaining forest roads and trails.

The CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation’s natural resources.  

Since 1992, Jamerson has researched the CCC. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs and wrote a historical novel.  He presents “Dollar-A-Day Boys” all across the Midwest.

This program is free and open to the public. To register for the program, stop into the library or call 815-942-6880.

The Morris Area Public Library is located at 604 Liberty St. in Morris.

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