Ivar Nelson is a former Director of the University of Idaho Press. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and a Foreign Service Officer in Africa and to the United Nations. He has published books and magazines (including Palouse Journal), directed the University of Idaho Press, and written Mining Town: The Photographic Collection of T.N. Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge with Patricia Hart. He co-founded Bookpeople of Moscow and is currently active with the revitalization of the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow.
In the late 30s, the Civilian Conservation Corps, popularly known as the CCC, built the Ski Round House on “Baldy” and several ski runs during the founding years of the Sun Valley ski resort. Working out of Camp Warm Springs northwest of Ketchum, the CCC “boys” also built the Ketchum Ranger Station, campgrounds, and various roads such as the one along Trail Creek.
They were the local manifestation of a three-million-man program, the most popular and longest lived of the New Deal programs initiated by the Roosevelt administration to mitigate the impact of the Great Depression in the 1930s. In all, 86,775 men worked for the CCC in Idaho during the 10 years from 1933 – 1942. The CCC changed their lives and the vitality of Idaho’s economy and society.
Nelson and Hart will show how the legacy of the CCC reflects not only the history of the Great Depression, but sheds light on the very contemporary issues of fighting wild fires, use of federal land, and national service.
This presentation is a partnership with Patricia Hart.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was the first, most far-reaching, longest-lived and best-loved of the New Deal programs in a decade full of big ideas and supersized projects. This presentation revisits the CCC in fresh perspective and places the CCC in Idaho forests at the very heart of contemporary issues such as conservation, fire ecology and outdoor recreation. The presentation brings the period alive through a digital portal based on the digitizing of thousands of photographs and documents by the University of Idaho Library. Presentations are localized to the sponsor’s community and interests.