Black and white photograph of a camp dining hall, Company 707, Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Deer River, ca. 1936.

Camp dining hall

Camp dining hall, Company 707, Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Deer River, ca. 1936.

Color image of a Sterling silver Civilian Conservation Corps ring with CCC logo flanked by an eagle and shield on opposing ends. Logo is engraved with "3707/ and "EAF". Worn by Fred Fretheim of Company 3707, Two Harbors, MN, ca. 1936–1937.

Sterling silver Civilian Conservation Corps ring

Sterling silver Civilian Conservation Corps ring with CCC logo flanked by an eagle and shield on opposing ends. Logo is engraved with "3707/ and "EAF". Worn by Fred Fretheim of Company 3707, Two Harbors, MN, ca. 1936–1937.

Color image of a Civilian Conservation Corps pennant owned by Fred Fretheim, ca. 1936–1937. Hand printed on the hoist edge is "company 2707/Minn/1936-7."

Civilian Conservation Corps pennant

Civilian Conservation Corps pennant owned by Fred Fretheim, ca. 1936–1937. Hand printed on the hoist edge is "company 2707/Minn/1936-7."

Color image of a Conservation Corps knapsack used by Fred Fretheim, CCC Company 3707, Two Harbors, Minnesota, ca. 1936–1937.

Conservation Corps knapsack

Conservation Corps knapsack used by Fred Fretheim, CCC Company 3707, Two Harbors, Minnesota, ca. 1936–1937.

Color image of a Civilian Conservation Corps shirt worn by Fred Fretheim of CCC Company 3707, Two Harbors, Minnesota, ca. 1936–1937.

Civilian Conservation Corps shirt

Civilian Conservation Corps shirt worn by Fred Fretheim of CCC Company 3707, Two Harbors, Minnesota, ca. 1936–1937.

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.

Black and white photograph of Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1944.

Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot

Workmen cleaning Minneapolis Great Northern Depot, 1944.

Black and white photograph of Florence Rood, c.1920s.

Florence Rood

Florence Rood, c.1920s.

Rood, Florence (1873–1944)

Florence Rood was one of the first Minnesota women activists in the Farmer Labor movement. She worked to improve the treatment of teachers and was active in their local and national organizations. Many of the successful struggles in which she participated informed the public of the importance of education and laid the groundwork for improved working conditions for educators.

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