We are glad to welcome back Iowa historian Linda Betsinger McCann, who will speak about her upcoming book, The CCCs in Northeast Iowa. Linda is still doing research for this book and invites people with pictures or memories of the CCC camp in Marion to attend and share their information. She expects the book to be available by Christmas.
Linda is the author of nine books published by Iowan Books, all dealing with Cedar Valley history. She will have copies of all her books available for purchase.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) book will cover camps and projects in northeastern Iowa. Of course, most everyone knows about the state parks: Backbone, Palisades, Beeds, McBride, and Pine Lake in in northeastern Iowa. But, Yellow River Forest (in Allamakee County) was planted and developed by CCC workers; Decorah's trout hatchery and streams were constructed by the CCC men; and the Maquoketa Caves was a CCC project. Additionally, there were the soil erosion camps, the drought control camps, and summer-only projects. Linda is looking for pictures and personal memories on all these CCC projects, and would especially appreciate any information our locals here might have on the Marion camp.
If you might have anything to share, Linda can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, just come and find out about this amazing Depression-era program and all it did for Iowa!