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Category: Event  Date: 2018-11-28

Acts of Excellence

South Dakota Hall of Fame. The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum of South Dakota was Submitted by Mr. Terry Woster for Acts of Excellence award. The board and friends of the museum are so very honored!

Acts Excellence

Museum Preserves History of Civilian Conservation Corps

Museum Preserves History of CCC

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Depression-era inspiration that became the Civilian Conservation Corps put hundreds of thousands to work in one of the most expansive conservation projects ever created. In words, photographs and videos, learn the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps of South Dakota in the museum located at the Hill City Visitor Information Center along U.S. Highway 385.

The museum's website colorfully says, "Out of the economic chaos (of the Depression) emerged the Civilian Conservation Corps. The goal was twofold: conservation of our natural resources and the salvage of our young men. The work of America's young men dramatically changed the future. More than 30,000 men contributed to the many significant projects in South Dakota and were able to help support their families back home."

Nationally, as many as three million men worked for the CCC between 1933 and 1942. They worked in fields and forests, built roads and dams and built or rebuilt infrastructure in state and national parks.

The CCC Museum of South Dakota contains a growing number of photos and artifacts from the program's operation. It also has a roster of the South Dakotans who worked in the CCC during its lifetime. The roster is updated as more CCC workers are identified. According to a feature in South Dakota Public Broadcasting's "Images of the Past," South Dakota had 50 CCC camps located across the state, along with an unknown number of what were called side camps. The highest concentration of CCC camps was in the Black Hills, from Hot Springs in the south to as far north as Belle Fourche. More information may be found at:

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 4:30 – 6:00 PM | Suzie Cappa Art Center | 722 St Joseph St, Rapid City, SD 57701

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Building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.