Lecture: Remembering the Boys of Bergen CCC

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Mahwah Museum Lecture Series: The Boys of Bergen – Remembering the CCC

On Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m., Kathleen Duxbury will present “The Boys of Bergen – Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Bergen County, NJ” for the Mahwah Museum Lecture Series. The lecture will be held in the Ramapo Reformed Church Educational Building, 100 Island Rd, Mahwah.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was created by Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression as the first and most successful of his New Deal work programs.  While providing jobs for many young, unmarried men, the program dealt with the conservation and development of natural resources and helped the nation face the high unemployment rates caused by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

Between 1933 - 1941 the CCC boys toiled along the cliffs of the New Jersey Palisades and in the marshes of the Hackensack Valley.  They worked, played and grew up to become self-confident young men with a newfound respect for conservation and America.  The CCC is now recognized as the greatest conservation movement in United States history.

The presenter, Kathleen Duxbury, is an author, photographer and New Deal researcher.

The Mahwah Museum also presents an exciting  new exhibit  “Nike Base in Mahwah: Nuclear Warheads in our Backyards” which will run until June, 2013.  This exhibit tells the story of the Franklin Lakes - Mahwah Nike Missile base which was established in the Campgaw mountains in 1955.  During its 16 years of operation, this missile base served as a significant installation for the protection of civilian and industrial infastructure and the population of the Greater New York area.

The popular exhibit “Les Paul: A Tribute,” and the Donald Cooper Railroad are open until June 2013. The Museum Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, is open Wednesdays and weekends form 1 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for non-members, children and members free.

The Mahwah Museum lecture Series is presented monthly on the second Thursday of the month.  Admission is free to Museum members, $3 for non-members; refreshments are provided and reservations are suggested.  To reserve, send an email to lectures@mahwahmuseum.org.

For information on this and other events, visit www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from The New Jersey Historical Commission, Dept. of State.


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