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Civilian Conservation Corps is topic of free lecture at Perham Veterans Museum

The final speaker in the Fall Lecture Series will be Barbara W. Sommer who will talk about her book, "Hard Work and a Good Deal" on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.

This history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota won the Minnesota Book Award for non-fiction in 2009. In the book, CCC veterans tell compelling stories of their experiences planting trees, fighting fires, building state parks, and reclaiming pastureland. The Civilian Conservation Corps was born out of the Great Depression as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Although the CCC camps operated for only 10 years, 1933-1943, the work they did is still visible today, especially in the state park system.

Barbara W. Sommer, a Minnesota native and an oral historian for almost thirty years, has spent her career in the field of public history, serving as director or co-director for numerous oral history projects. She holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and a master's degree in history from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Somers will give her evening presentation at the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main, Perham. During the day she will speak to students of Perham-Dent Public School.

The Fall Lecture Series has featured three winners of the Minnesota Book Awards and has been produced by the Friends of the History Museum in cooperation with the Perham Area Public Library. This activity has been funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Humanities Center with contributing sponsors, United Community Bank and Forum Communications. A Winter Lecture Series is currently being developed.

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Museum exhibit explores

local ties to Conservation Corps

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County will offer an exhibit of photos and stories featuring local connections with the Civilian Conservation Corps.