Former CCC workers asked to share stories

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Local participants in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) between 1933 and 1942 are invited to share their stories on Nov. 12 in Vancouver.

The session will be at the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., near the west end of Officers Row.

Past enrollees and their families are asked to call Mary Rose at 360-693-7742 to schedule an interview time.

Headquartered at Vancouver Barracks, the Northwest CCC program operated 27 major camps and hundreds of temporary work stations along the Columbia River Gorge.

Interview volunteers will be sent questionnaires in advance so participants will be able to discuss: When they enrolled in the CCC and under what circumstances; whether they lived in the Northwest at the time; if the CCC experience was meaningful and left a lasting impression; what camps they worked at; specific memories or events that stand out from their time of service; and lasting effects of the CCC workers in the Columbia River Gorge and beyond.

The CCC was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 as part of the New Deal.

In less than a decade, more than 2.5 million Americans created a lasting heritage by planting nearly 3 billion trees, building over 800 parks, updating forest fire fighting methods and creating a network of trails, campsite and roads that still serve the American public.

The Confluence Project, the sponsoring agency, is a nonprofit organization based in Vancouver that honors Northwest heritage through interpretative public art, environmental restoration on public lands and educational programming.