Past Event

The Creation of the Shawnee National Forest

A Road Scholar program by Kay Ripplemeyer-Tippy

Created as part of the New Deal under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Civilian Conservation Corps recruited young men to work on “conservation” projects around the United States in exchange for room, board and a monthly wage. In Southern Illinois the CCC helped create the Shawnee National Forest and Giant City State Park. An interactive slide presentation, this program features archival photographs and records from the three CCC companies that labored at the park. Note: Program requires a slide projector and screen.

Kay Ripplemeyer-Tippy is an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has worked extensively on southern Illinois history. She has created and presented public programs and lectures since 1978 and writes a weekly newspaper article, “This Week in Southern Illinois History.”

For more information contact Erik Oberg, 618,457-2578.