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Palmer Pederson, Perham, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934-35, is pictured with book author Barbara Sommer, who spoke at the Perham veterans museum as part of the History Museum of East Otter Tail's lecture series. Born out of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal at the height of the Great Depression, the CCC supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans in need. Their work left a lasting legacy, visible today in Minnesota's thriving forests, state park amenities, and soil conservation p...

For men of the Great Depression era, Civilian Conservation Corps was 'hard work, good deal'

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For hundreds of thousands of unemployed men during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps was "Hard Work and a Good Deal."


When unemployment was running about 50 percent, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt established various public works programs. It was the CCC that was perhaps the most successful and fondly remembered, according to author Barbara Sommer, who spoke in Perham Nov. 6.

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