Archive for September 8th, 2008

CCC Interactive Website, 1

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

I pledge myself for a new deal for the American people.

[Music: Happy Days are Here Again… play :03 then fade under script]

During his presidency, Franklin D. Roosevelt ushered in The New Deal, a series of recovery programs to help combat the effects of The Great Depression. One such initiative, the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, was a work relief program for unemployed young men.

The CCC built many of our parks.

Sarah Lisle is an interpretive planner with State Parks. This month a new educational website, conceived of by Angela Davis in the Interpretation and Exhibits Division, goes online for seventh grade students. Funded by a grant from Humanities Texas, it focuses on the contributions of the CCC in Texas.

Humanities Texas saw that there was a real need for this era of history; students were not getting this information. So, Angela decided to come up with an interactive website that could engage seventh grade students in a fun and interactive way so that they can learn about the New Deal era, and also to go out and look at these parks that the CCC built and experience them themselves.

The first of FDR’s recovery programs established up to 70 work camps throughout the state where unemployed young men labored on conservation projects like flood control and improvements to state parks.

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That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.