These past couple weeks, Kurt and I have had a lot of joy recreating scenes from "the past" staging Civilian Conservation Corps workers, lumberjacks, etc.
We learned a few things in the process:
- Most iconic buildings and structures in State and National Parks were built by the CCC boys (Civilian Conservation Corps)
- The original visitor center in Gooseberry Falls (built by the CCC) was still in use as late as 1996!
- The CCC program ran from 1933 until 1942 and no other federally funded program has been created since that rivals it both in its scope and degree of accomplishments.
- the North Shore's popularity is not new: visitors and outdoorsmen have been enjoying the area for over a century much like today
- Heavy logging and even farming used to take place in the Northland and large areas were depleted of their trees and left bare: CCC replanted many trees in the 1930s and brought back the landscape we enjoy today.
Looking at what the CCC's legacy: why couldn't there be a mandatory program that would put the youth to work for a set amount of time on projects that up the quality of life for all of society? These young people would learn a trade of their choice, gain much needed life experience and the hours put in would pay for their college education!
...if you live in St Paul or in Minneapolis, Minnesota, you can find our Un Petit Monde postcards or Children's book at:
Corazon , which means "heart" in spanish, is our favorite place to shop for great gifts in the Twin Cities. The items there are unique and locally-made but most importantly the owner (Susan) and her staff are kind and really love art! Go check out this gift shop if you haven't already, there are two locations: in Minneapolis on Lake St. And Marshall and in St Paul on Selby Ave. and Mackubin next to Great Harvest Bread.