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Author Linda McCann to Visit Emmetsburg Public Library

By Staff | Mar 22, 2018

The Emmetsburg Public Library will be hosting Iowa History author Linda McCann on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. McCann is the author of 22 Iowa History books. Her current interest and research involves the Civilian Conservation Corps (or CCC), which will be the topic of discussion on April 4. She has just finished her book on the topic of the CCC, but it will not be available until 2019.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public work relief program during the Great Depression between 1933-1942. The program was for unemployed, unmarried, white men whose families at home did not have any source of income. The program was specifically targeted for men between the ages of 17-28. During its years of operation, 3 million men participated in the program in the United States. The CCC provided these young men with shelter, clothing, and food as well as a wage of $30 per month. Of the $30 the men received, $25 of it had to be sent home to their families.

The workers in the CCC mainly completed labor projects. These workers can be largely credited for planting many of the forests we currently see in Iowa. They also participated in labor such as limestone crushing, constructing trails, and updated forest fire fighting methods.

McCann is currently working on a five book series on CCCs in Iowa. She had initially intended for the topic of CCCs to come out in a two-book series, but found that there was such a plethora of information that two books wouldn’t be possible.

She will be visiting the Emmetsburg Public Library on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. to discuss her intensive research based mainly on primary resources. Her research has included going through old newspapers from the 1930s to find out what the news was reporting on at that time. She also has spoken with individuals that were a part of the CCC program. If you or a family member have any experience or knowledge of the CCC program in Iowa, please feel free to contact McCann at losttownsofiowa@gmail.com or come and speak to her at the Emmetsburg Library on April 4.

If you are unable to make it to the Emmetsburg Library on April 4, McCann will also be presenting in Algona on April 3 at 6 p.m.