From 1933 until 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps employed millions of young, unmarried men in jobs related to conservation and natural resource development as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Tod Bevitt will explore how the CCC impacted Kansas and Franklin County during a presentation at the 83rd annual meeting of the members of the Franklin County Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday at Neosho County Community College in Ottawa.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was arguably one of Roosevelt’s most successful New Deal programs. The CCC was a program of conservation and construction that changed the lives of more than 3 million men and their families by offering employment opportunities during the Great Depression. For the past 10 years, Bevitt has been studying the CCC in Kansas, researching the men, their camps and the projects they completed.
In 2018, he and his wife, Wendi, contracted with the Kansas Historical Society to document what remains of the CCC camps in Kansas. His presentation will give an overview of the CCC and specifically its impact in the Ottawa area.
Tod Bevitt is the owner and principal investigator for Buried Past Consulting LLC, performing cultural resource investigations across the state of Kansas and the Great Plains. Wendi Bevitt has more than 20 years of experience conducting historical research and genealogy and is the author of “Hidden History of Osage County,” a monthly column in the Osage County News.
The program will begin with a review of 2019 FCHS activities. Bevitt’s presentation will begin about 2:45 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.
In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2.
The Old Depot Museum will be closed Sunday so that all staff members and volunteers can participate in the annual meeting.
For more information, call 785-242-1250.