CCC in the Catskills subject of book talks
The 75th anniversary of the New Deal and its impact on the Catskills is celebrated in a new book whose author will speak at upcoming events in Fleischmanns and Arkville. Diane Galusha, author of Another Day, Another Dollar: The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Catskills, will provide an illustrated talk Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Skene Memorial Library, Main St., Fleischmanns, and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in Arkville. The Catskill Center talk is preceded by a book signing at 1 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase at both events. The talks are free. Former CCC members, their spouses and descendants are most welcome to share their stories at either event.
The new CCC book, which features a forward by noted environmental writer, scholar and activist Bill McKibben, was published in August by Black Dome Press of Hensonville. The 224-page book is highlighted by 100 photographs and includes a list of all 161 CCC camps in New York State.
The CCC was created in 1933 by an executive order signed by newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A federally-sponsored program for unemployed men from 17 to 25 years of age, its aim was to assist Depression-stricken families and at the same time conduct conservation projects to reverse decades of environmental degradation, improve public lands and develop parks and campgrounds for public enjoyment.
Projects ranged from trail building and tree planting to erosion control and insect eradication. North Lake, Devil’s Tombstone, Woodland Valley and Beaverkill State Campgrounds were developed with Corps labor. CCC camps in the greater Catskill region were established in Boiceville, Tannersville, Margaretville, Breakabeen, Livingstonville, Gallupville, Narrowsburg, Laurens, Davenport and McClure.
Galusha is the author of several books of local history, including Liquid Assets, A History of New York City’s Water System; As the River Runs, A History of Halcottville, NY; and When Cauliflower Was King, a chronicle of the hey-day of cauliflower production in the Catskills.