Friday, March 23, 2012

Richard H. Zoller, CCC enrollee

Richard Zoller served in the CCC in Company 260 at Camp F-14 in Idaho where he worked on projects to eradicate the white pine blister rust. When the camp closed, he went to Camp SP-4 in Alabama where he and his friends worked on a state park near Weogufka. His son Guy has graciously shared his dad's memoirs with me, and I've posted them at my website

CCC Recognition Day

For those of you coming out to the CCC Recognition Day on March 31 from 9-5 at the Red Hills Visitor Center at Saguaro National Park West, the Pico de Gallo restaurant will be catering the event. They will be serving carne asada, burritos, and fruit cups. 

The park has waived the park entrance fee for people attending the event.

The Southwest Conservation Corps will be there along with representatives from Colossal Cave Mountain Park and the Chiricachua National Monument. Mike Smith is coming down from Phoenix and Bob Audretsch is traveling from Flagstaff to talk about the Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona. Phil Brown will talk about the CCC in Saguaro National Park, and Sharon Hunt will talk about the CCC in St. David and Patagonia. 

We'll be showing videos on the CCC and displaying photos from that time period. Between their talks, historians will be available to answer questions about the CCC throughout the country.
Several CCC enrollees and families have told us that they plan to attend. We can't wait to recognize them!

Contact Sharon Hunt at for more information.

Monday, March 5, 2012

CCC Recognition Day

Things are coming together for CCC Recognition Day, which will be held from 9-5 on March 31 at Saguaro National Park West. The Arizona Daily Star had an article somewhat about the event in the 3/4 newspaper. I say somewhat because the article really didn't address what is happening with the event or recognize people responsible for bringing it together or the people that it's all about. So, in honor of Recognition Day, I want to make sure the following individuals and groups receive recognition as integral contributors to the event:

The CCC Legacy, esp. President Joan Sharpe
The Southwest Conservation Corps, particularly Jean, Holly, and Kamilia
The Benson, AZ, Museum
The St. David Heritage and Cultural Society
The speakers, particularly those who are traveling long distances to be here: Bob Audretsch, Mike Smith
Van Fowers
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
The Saguaro National Park West administration

The CCC enrollees and families who are planning to attend and have shared their stories and photos or the event  (I'll keep their names private because I haven't asked them for permission to mention their names but they are what this event is all about)

The event has been designated an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

The event webpage has a list of speakers and other event information: