The Historical Museum of the Civilian Conservation Corps
166 Chestnut Hill Road. (Rt. 190) in Stafford Springs, CT.
It is open every Sat. & Sun. from 10-3 pm beginning Memorial Weekend to Columbus weekend with DEEP staff. Call Marty Podskoch for information 860-267-2442.
Stafford Springs CCC Museum
The Historical Museum of the Civilian Conservation Corps is in the former Administration Building of Camp Conner. It has many photos, displays, information and artifacts from CCC camps in Conn. and other states. It is located at 166 Chestnut Hill Rd. (Rt. 190) in Stafford Springs, CT. The museum is free and open to the public.
The museum was called the Northeast States CCC Museum and was founded by Connecticut CCC boys who were members of Chapter (#170) of the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni NACCA. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, State Parks Department, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, provided the museum with the partial use of the building, staff, and supplies. Due to state budget cuts, the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Museum was closed in 2017. It was open for the summer of 2018 with volunteer support. In the summer of 2019 the DEEP opened it on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 pm. In 2022 Volunteers are opened it on Sundays from 12 noon to 3 pm. In 2023 the museum is open every Sat. & Sun. from 10 am to 3 pm from Memorial to Columbus Day weekends. Call Marty Podskoch for information 860-267-2442.
Hours of Operation
The Connecticut CCC Museum is open Saturdays & Sundays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day from 10 noon to 3 pm. Call Marty Podskoch for further information.
CCC Reunion of Alumni, Family & Friends
On Sunday, October 8th 2023 a reunion of Civilian Conservation Corps alumni, family, & friends will meet at 1 pm at the Historical Museum of the CCC at 166 Chestnut Hill Rd. (Rt. 190) in Stafford Springs. They will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the CCC by sharing their stories, pictures & memorabilia of the CCC camps. All who are interested in the CCC are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the CCC Museum please contact contact Volunteer Coordinator Martin Podskoch at (860) 267-2442
President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”
The CCC began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Great Depression. Twenty-one camps were set up in many Connecticut towns, state parks & forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.
Discovery The History
Interested in learning more about the History, Memories and Legacy of the CCC Camps? Podskoch Press offers these amazing books available at book stores or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also order directly from the author: Martin Podskoch, 43 O’Neill Lane, East Hampton, CT 06424 or call 860-267-2442.
Worker Statue Now on Display
During the past 12 years volunteers have been raising money to purchase a CCC Worker Statue to honor the work of the young men who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression
Ted Schulz and Sharon Viadella’s Large Donations Helped Reach Goal for Civilian Conservation Corps Camps Worker Statue at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth in May 2019. A second statue was placed in the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown on Sat. Sept. 21, 2019.
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