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A lecture at the McCracken County Public Library will cover the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

Between 1933 and 1942, CCC camps were located in many small towns in every state, including Southern Illinois. Perhaps the most recognizable of project of the CCC locally, which still stands today, in the lodge in Giant City State Park, which was built by CCC members.

The talk is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. It is free to attend.

Kay Rippelmeyer will speak about the CCC camps, their physical and organizational structure, work projects and sports and educational programs. Rippelmeyer is the author of "Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps" and "The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Illinois." She also is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and also worked at the university library in Special Collections and the University Museum.

The McCracken County Library is at 555 Washington St. in Paducah.

— The Southern

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