Acclaimed author Jerry Apps will discuss and share stories from his new book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin: Nature’s Army at Work. There will be time for audience questions and books will be available for sale and signing.
In his book, Apps details the history of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program in Wisconsin. From 1933 to 1942, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers planted trees, carved paths, fought soil erosion, and worked on other environment-related projects that shaped Wisconsin’s state forests and natural areas. By utilizing the voices of the young men who worked there, Apps provides his readers with detailed accounts of everyday life in the CCC camps, along with an overview of the CCC program as a whole, and its remaining legacy. Apps’ book is the first comprehensive history of the CCC and its work in Wisconsin.
Apps has written more than thirty-five books dealing with topics of environmental issues, rural history, and country life in Wisconsin. He is a professor emeritus for the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a former county extension agent.
This free event is presented in partnership with 702WI and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.