The 1930s Great Depression brought a new level of hardship to the American experience, where daily life could often be summed up in one word: Desperation.
The U.S. economy was on the ropes after 1929 and by the early 1930s, many American workers had gone from the assembly line to breadlines or marching in union picket lines. Poverty was everywhere.
By 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s answer to the crisis was the New Deal. That program included a national citizen’s relief effort that, among other governmental actions taken, resulted in the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC.
The CCC provided hundreds of thousands of unemployed men with a way off the streets and into military-style work camps whose locations were spread all across the country. The camps were open only to males.
The sites were headquarters for supervised work crews that labored on a variety of public works projects, including the Shenandoah Valley’s Shenandoah National Park and its ambitious Skyline Drive mountain roadway.
The CCC “boys,” as the camp enrollees were called at the time, led a vigorous outdoor life. The camps insulated them from the danger of falling into a state of hopelessness, with no future to look to back home, and kept them away from various sorts of prevailing disreputable behaviors and unhealthy temptations.
Most importantly, they could work hard and send their pay money back to needy families. Whenever they left the camps for good, they often took along newly-acquired job skills. The CCC program continued until the outbreak of World War II.
The very first CCC camp, Camp Roosevelt, had been built on one side of a forested mountain ridge, in eastern Shenandoah County, Va. On the other side, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park were waiting to be built.Read more...
Visit the Shenandoah Valley and you’ll meet people who will tell you how lucky they feel to live here. They often seem to love such a mix of the old and the new. The Valley is a vibrant place, but it never seems to lose touch with its roots. It’s a great place to visit, and it’s always a beautiful place to come home to. Our thoughts of gratitude, during this Thanksgiving month.
95 Chalmers Ct. Presents Seeing Beautiful: Timothy Chambers TED Talk and Book Signing. Ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult, free admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets: $8. $10 at the door. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill.org
Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co., 1288 Ridge Road. longtime Friday-night tradition of old-time music and dance from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.
J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, 226 Hawks Hill Dr. Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical. Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For more information, call 540-896-9600 or visit www.schultztheatre.com
9357 N. Congress St. Family Ties and Little White Lies. Comedy. Nov 17 and 18: Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Nov. 18: Sunday matinee desserts at 2:30 p.m., show at 3 p.m. Family friendly. For more information, call 1-888-341-7313 or visit rousscenter.org
Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Road. Firelight Friday. Food truck. Live music. Bring a picnic meal. Admission: $10, free for members. For more information, call 540-248-3300 or visit www.barrenridgevineyardsva.com
Handley Regional Library, Robinson Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St. Faustus, performed by Inspirata Theatre Co. Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Use the back door on Library Lane. For more information, call 540-662-9041, extension 31 or visit handleyregional.org
10 S. Market St. Much Ado. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
10 S. Market St. Every Christmas Story Ever Told.. Hosted by American Shakespeare Center. For more information, call 540-851-1733 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com
15 N. Loudoun St. Revelator Hill plays Derek and the Dominos, with Hambone Wilson. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com
315 W. Boscawen St. Jane Eyre the Musical. Runs through Nov 25. Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 at 2 pm. Tickets: 15.50 - $19.75. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit wltonline.org
Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W Main St. My Fair Lady. Nov. 16-19. Produced by The Wayne Theatre. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org
Opera House theater, 131 West German St. Fractal Cat, with SoulXchange. Baltimore-based band covers wide range of rock music genres. For more information, call 304-876-3704 or visit operahouselive.com
Website background photos are provided by a select group of photographers from across the region who share their own love of the Valley through the lenses of their cameras. Words alone may not really describe the place.
Our regional events listings are always up to date, and we’re not really selling anything on here. In fact, we get no outside funding, but are wholly independent. Like many of our friends and neighbors who also feel blessed to live here, free and independent, surrounded by peace and beauty.
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An old farmhouse stands in a wooded area of rural Shenandoah County.