Upcoming Workshops


Join the Tug Hill Commission and the Oneida County Historical Center as we explore the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) throughout the Tug Hill Region.

The CCC, fondly known as Roosevelt’s Tree Army, was a public works program developed under President Roosevelt’s New Deal. This program offered paid opportunities for young men during the Great Depression to sow the seeds of environmental conservation and civil development projects throughout the United States. Join us to hear about the history of CCC camps in our area, projects undertaken by the Corps, and first-hand experiences from a former CCC member about life at the camps.

To conclude the program, we will find out how this program provides the framework for AmeriCorps, Excelsior Conservation Corps, and the Student Conservation Corps, which are completing ongoing projects on state land throughout our region.

For program information and to register, please visit: Oneida County History Museum CCC Program

Meet the Panelists

Marty Podskoch, Historian and Author of “Adirondack Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories, and Legacy of the CCC.” Marty will provide an overview of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and CCC camps in the Tug Hill region.

Charles Vandrei, Historic Preservation Officer, Archeologist NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests. Chuck will discuss the impacts of the CCC throughout New York State including the development of parks, state forests, and fish hatcheries among additional projects.

Herb Thorpe, Former CCC member, Former Tuskegee Airman, will provide a first-hand oral history and an experiential account of life in CCC camps.

Ann Harrison, Chief, Bureau of Environmental Education at NYSDEC, will share information about the current Excelsior Conservation Corps, and Student Conservation Association projects at the NYSDEC.

Maria Cipullo, Thousand Islands Regional Trails Coordinator, Student Conservation Association Supervisor, will share information about the current SCA environmental projects in Thousand Island Parks Region.

The program will end with an open panel discussion hosted by Patrick Reynolds, Director of Public Programs, Oneida County Historical Center, and Tug Hill Commission staff.