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EVENTS

Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps: Company 1333 – Camp S-63, Poe Valley

Sunday, August XX, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a day of sharing and learning about some of the CCC “boys” in Centre County who enrolled in the program to support themselves and family during America’s “great depression”. Find out what it was like to live in a CCC camp. What these boys shared together during their formidable years in the CCC is a true legacy that has meaning for all of us today. Learn about the local men and others who administered the day to day camp operations at the Poe Valley Camp. Chances are you may learn about someone you may know who was in Poe Valley or another CCC camp.

TELL US YOUR STORY!

We invite everyone to share any stories and provide any information about the Poe Valley camp for documentation into the history of Company 1333, Camp S-63 Poe Valley.  Information may be shared by contacting the Centre County Historical Society, Mary Sorensen at msorensen@centrefurnace.org, or call 814-234-4779. 

Or, click HERE to share your story.

The Centre County Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Pennsylvania  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and William Marcum, local historian and research authority on the Poe Valley CCC Camp to invite the public to attend a day long program about the Civil Conservation Corps.  The program will take place at Poe Valley State Park in the quiet mountain valley that surrounds Poe Lake, a perfect place for a family day.

 

An important part of this day will include time for attendees to share their personal stories with others. A collection of memorabilia will be on display for you to enjoy and you may bring any mementos you have that you wish to share. Attendees will also learn how events brought about the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps program that included the construction of Poe Valley State Park. There will be an original rare film featuring the Poe Valley Camp shown during the event after lunch.  

 

At the end of the day, attendees are welcome to visit the site where the camp was erected and tour the original “officer’s quarters” building or enjoy a stroll along Poe Valley Lake that resulted from the construction of an earthen and masonry dam through the works of CCC Company 1333 Camp S-63 located near the park.

 

Enjoy a lunch featuring real menu items from authentic CCC recipes and menu boards. While there is no set cost for the lunch, we ask that you RSVP and pay what you can for your meal. RSVP online via the form on the right or call (814) 234-4779.

 

This is an event for everyone and all ages.  CCC veterans, sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, nieces, nephews, extended family members, CCC history buffs, local historians, are encouraged to attend and bring your CCC stories, questions and step back in time!

 

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donations, this is a free and family friendly program; donations are both important and appreciated to keep this event free of charge. Donations may be made at the event or online.

 

Event parking is next to Poe Lake in Poe Valley State Park, follow the signage!

Please contact Poe Valley State Park at 814-349-2460 or the Centre County Historical Society at 814-234-4779 or email: info@centrecountyhistory.org for information or questions.

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Lunchtime

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CCC Crew loading for day copy

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Speaker Bill Marcum, born and raised in Coburn, was first introduced to the works of the CCC through many stories told to him by his grandfather, who was the Senior Foreman in the Poe Valley CCC Camp S-63 Company 1333. He started collecting Poe Valley CCC memorabilia after the passing of his grandfather, and subsequently learned his other grandfather helped erect CCC camps in Virginia, and uncle was an enrollee in a CCC camp in Virginia. Bill and his wife, Mary, began organizing reunions for the Poe Valley CCC Camp over 30 years ago.

RESOURCES

LISTEN TO PODCAST: CCC IN CENTRE COUNTY

On Dead Centre by CCHS President Katie O’Toole


PCN TV – THE FOREMAN’S BOYS

Interview with local historian Bill Marcum about his new book and stories about the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1333 –
Camp S-63, Poe Valley
(Streaming available with PCN Subscription or check for schedule.)

 

PCN-TV - AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS

Featuring conversations with Paul Fagley, an Environmental Education Specialist with the PA DCNR, and John Eastlake, a member of CCC Legacy.
(Streaming available with PCN Subscription or check for schedule)

 

TOUGH TIMES, LASTING LEGACIES

The Great Depression, the New Deal and Centre County
From the CCHS Exhibitions Archives

 

PENNSYLVANIA CONSERVATION HERITAGE PROJECT

Stories, documentaries, resources. “Pennsylvania’s rich conservation history can be told though the stories of the people, places and events that shaped Pennsylvania.”
 

PA STATE PARKS, FOREST AND GEOLOGY INTERACTIVE MAP

Check out the “CCC Camps” layer in the “Other Layers” tab.