Join us tomorrow evening, Monday, April 16th for a special interactive living history presentation by Kay Ripplemeyer, local historian and storyteller. Kay will lead audience participants in a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Living History presentation at Trail of Tears State Forest.
We will assemble at the site of a temporary overflow camp, where in 1938 about 400 W. W. I veterans were situated at CCC Camp Union. Kay will present brief histories of CCC Camps Union, Hutchins, and Pomona, and then, with everyone’s participation we will meet dozens of these men and those who lived at Camp Hutchins and at the African American camp, Camp Pomona. We will learn of their personal stories, their fun, and their work in the Shawnee National Forest, during its years of infancy and first growth.
The presentation will take place at the group campsite located behind the picnic area South of State Forest Road. Trail of Tears State Forest can be accessed from Illinois Route 127 (on the east) and Route 3 (on the west). **Turn into the picnic area across from the white barn and follow the signs. We’ll either meet under the stars, or in case of rain we’ll utilize the nearby shelter. Be sure to dress for cool spring weather and bring a flashlight! Rustic seating is provided but lawn chairs may make your experience more comfortable.
**GPS users: Lat 37°29’5.27″N, Long 89°21’32.56″W