The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More

Presented By David Schmidt

In his book, Rightful Heritage, Douglas Brinkley concludes that ”few [New Deal] programs would shine brighter” than the Civilian Conservation Corps. During the presence of the CCC in Florida, from 1933 until 1942, there were over 70 camps around the state with a total of just under 50,000 young men working on projects as diverse and wide ranging as building camp stoves and fireplaces, to constructing the infrastructure of the first parks that would become the basis for the Florida State Park System. This informative program presents an overview of the CCC and the projects, from the Keys to Panhandle, that were accomplished during this historic period.

David Schmidt is currently the curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum at Highland Hammock State Park in Sebring.  Before that, he taught for 37 years focusing on United States history, Geography, and special education. He holds two masters degrees from Ball State University in Special Education and United States History and did additional study at Michigan State University, Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, and two summers of research at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY.

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