Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
166 Chestnut Hill Road. (Rt. 190) in Stafford Springs, CT.
It is open Memorial Weekend May 29, 2022 from 12-3 pm to Columbus weekend with volunteer help. Call Marty Podskoch to volunteer.
Stafford Springs CCC Museum
The Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Museum 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 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 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 opening it on Sundays from 12 noon to 3 pm. Call Marty Podskoch for information 860-267-2442 or if you would like to be a volunteer.
Hours of Operation
The Connecticut CCC Museum is open Sundays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day from 12 noon to 3 pm. Call Marty Podskoch for further information.
Last year the Connecticut Museum was closed due to state budget cuts. Volunteers composed of CCC alumni, children, and friends have offered to staff the museum.
When the State of Connecticut decided not to open the CCC Museum due to financial difficulties, Marty Podskoch organized a group of children whose fathers were in the CCC Camp and CCC friends and were able to open the museum and continue the history and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps.
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.
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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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