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Thu 29 Nov
History of the C.C.C. and Fire Towers in the Hudson Valley
Thursday, November 29, 2018 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt's "New Deal" to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Camps were set up in many New York towns, state parks, & forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams, planted trees, and fought fires. They also built & maintained fire towers following a series of devastating forest fires throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The years 1903 and 1908 were particularly disastrous, and because of public outcry for protection from the devastation, the state began a rigorous fire control program. Join us for this evening's lecture as author Marty Podskoch profiles the area's rich CCC and fire tower history.

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Call (845) 446-2134 to Register. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3