Baldwin Public Library

400 Cedar Street • P.O. Box 475 • Baldwin, WI 54002-0475 • (715) 684-3813

Guest program on the CCC Workers, 10:30am


Baldwin Library presents Aug. 9th-  “The Dollar-A-Day Boys:

  A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps”


            The Baldwin Library presents a special program called “The Dollar-a- Day Boys”,  a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at 10:30am on Friday, August  9th.  Featuring UP-based author Bill Jamerson, the event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served, including CCC cookies.  This year is the 80th anniversary of the CCC, a program that helped families get through the Great Depression.

            The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President F.D. Roosevelt.  During its nine year run beginning in 1933, over 3 million young men participated from all over the nation.  92,000 young men worked in Wisconsin camps. The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month.  The money kept many families from starving.  Several area families have memories of these guys and their hard work.

            In Wisconsin, The CCC planted 265 million trees, built 483 bridges, erected over 4,000 miles of telephone poles, constructed 4,300 miles of truck trails, stocked half a billion fish, fought forest fires, and built several state parks including Rib Mountain, Interstate, Devil’s Lake, Peninsula Park, Copper Falls and Wyalusing.  The camps not only revitalized Wisconsin’s natural resources but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills.  There were camps located in Ellsworth, Menomonie, Danbury, St. Croix Falls, Hayward, and Durand, among other sites.   

            Jamerson will show a short video, tell stories about the CCC Boys, and sing original songs with his guitar.   He has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC built national and state parks.  In his presentation, Bill will talk about some of the interesting enrollees he has met over the years and CCC projects he has visited.  Former CCC men and their families are encouraged to attend and asked to bring photo albums and CCC memorabilia.  For more information please call the library at 684-3813 or visit Jamerson's website at:  The library is located in the wheelchair-accessible municipal building at 400 Cedar St. in Baldwin.

            Jamerson was called “…the Upper Peninsula’s troubadour,” by the Ontonagon News.   He performs “History Through Song” programs on ski jumpers, iron miners, lumberjacks and more.   Along with a novel and CD of songs on the CCC, Jamerson produced the PBS film, Camp Forgotten, which aired on Wisconsin Public Television in 1994.   He has also authored several articles on the corps.     


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