“A masterfully wrought masterpiece that both instructs and inspire.”
“A compelling story set in Western Washington during the Depression.”
One mistake can ruin a life. One mistake can transform it.
A government forestry camp set deep in the mountainous forests of the Pacific Northwest might not seem the likely place to find redemption, but in 1935, Park Hardesty hopes for just that.
WHY WRITE ABOUT THE CCCs?
I’ve heard stories about the Civilian Conservation Corps since I was a girl from my mother. She grew up in Idaho. One day in 1933 a main camp of around 150 young men from back east showed up above her uncle’s ranch. But a research paper for a history class for my Master’s, led me to write a journal article on the CCCs and the beginnings to a historical novel.
I searched the college archives and interviewed seven “boys” who had served in the CCCs. In their 70s, they were both delighted and confused by my interest in their stories. (Who would be interested in that?) It turns out a lot of people are. Since the publication of Tree Soldier, I have given many talks about the legacy of the CCCs in the Pacific NW. People definitely want to know more about the history of parks and forests in their communities. There could be CCC boy behind it.
Check out National Archives St. Louis for records.
CCC Legacy promotes preservation