Michigan based author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the North Judson- Wayne Township Public Library on Thursday, March 20, at 2 pm. The program is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Jamerson will tell stories, show a short video, read excerpts from his novel and play original songs with his guitar. He has presented his program at CCC reunions, and at CCC built state and national parks around the country. In this nostalgia filled program, he talks about people both ordinary and extraordinary; and shares stories of wit, strength and charm.
Some songs Jamerson performs, include Chowtime, a fun look at the camp food, City Slicker, which tells of the mischief the young men get into in the woods, Borrowed Mom, is the story of an orphan who finds a mother, and Tree Plantin’, Fire Fightin’ Blues tells of the hardships of work. The folk songs range from heartwarming ballads to foot stomping jigs. The stories and songs are as educational as they are entertaining, as honest as they are fun.
Jamerson has produced a dozen documentaries for Michigan Public Television, and recorded many songs on historical subjects. In his presentation, he shares stories he has picked up first hand from former CCC Boys he has met over the years. Audience members are encouraged to bring photo albums or other CCC memorabilia. For more information about the program please call the library at 896-2841 or visit billjamerson.com.
General information about the CCC can be found at http://www.ccclegacy.org/