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RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2013

Contact: Suzanne Carlson-Prandini
Bellingham Public Library
(360) 778-7221

Humanities Washington Speaker Series - Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

Did you know that unemployment of all workers peaked at twenty-five percent during the Great Depression? How do the lessons learned during that time apply to our world today? The Bellingham Public Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Janet Oakley as she presents Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941 on Thursday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library.

As an historian and writer, Oakley will lead a discussion about how President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. In doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreation areas. Oakley will focus on the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Washington State and explore the impact they had on our state's natural resources.

"Janet offers new insights on our rich local history," says staff member Suzanne Carlson-Prandini, "We look to the past to inform our future."

Bring your questions and join us on November 7 at 12:00 p.m. in the Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room. This presentation is made possible with the support of the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and a grant from Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. For more about Humanities Washington, visit For more information about this presentation, contact the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323 or visit .


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