Civilian Conservation Corps - 75th anniversary

The month of March 2008 marked the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps, established March 31, 1933. Curator Matt Anderson commemorates the occasion with a look at CCC pieces in the Minnesota Historical Societys collection.

Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota, 1933–1942

The U.S. Congress paved the way for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) when it passed the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) Act in March 1933, at the height of the Great Depression. This New Deal program offered meaningful work to young men with few employment prospects. It resulted in a lasting legacy of forestry, soil, and water conservation, as well as enhancements to Minnesota's state and national parks.

Color image of Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, March 8, 2010.

Looking out over Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, March 8, 2010.

Color image of a shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, November 13, 2013.

Shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Shelter in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, November 13, 2013.

Color image of the central beaver wetland complex in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 1, 2010.

Central beaver wetland complex

Central beaver wetland complex in Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 1, 2010.

Black and white image of an individual canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion

Canoeing on Lake Vermilion, 1935.

Color image looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site, Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 3, 2010.

Looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site

Looking west towards the Stuntz boathouse site, Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, August 3, 2010.

Color image of Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 21, 2014.

View at Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Lake Vermilion–Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, May 21, 2014.

Color image of a view of Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

View of Lake Vermilion

View of Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff, October 30, 2007.

Color image of a gray sky over Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

Gray sky over Lake Vermilion

Gray sky over Lake Vermilion. Photograph by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Staff.

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