The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Division of State Parks and Recreation commemorated the workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) by dedicating a statue in their honor on National Public Lands Day, September 28, 2002. The statue is located in Freetown State Forest, an historic CCC site located in Southeastern Massachusetts. The ceremony drew more than 200 supporters, friends and alumni from Massachusetts and neighboring states. Since its dedication, the statue has drawn many alumni and other visitors who arrive to learn, to honor or to remember the CCC workers and their accomplishments.

To dedicate the statue appropriately on National Public Lands Day, the Conservation Trust advanced the initial costs of this project. The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Conservation Trust embarked on a campaign to raise funds for the purchase and installation of this 6-foot cast bronze CCC Worker’s Statue with accompanying 20” x 18” commemorative bronze plaque. The cost of this project was $25,000 and your financial assistance is needed. The Conservation Trust will match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $12,500, your donation to the CCC Worker’s Statue.*

To date, more than $11,500 has been raised from CCC alumni, their family and friends, corporate donors, state employees and other supporters toward the $12,500 goal. We have less than $1,000 left to raise. Help us meet the goal!

For any new or additional contribution of $20 or more, you will receive a miniature replica of an original CCC license plate. This free dash plaque is a token of our appreciation for your generosity and support of this campaign.

Please join us in honoring the men who served in the CCC. We are grateful for any contribution you can make to honor the CCC workers and their lasting legacy of forest improvements and recreational resources.

During the Depression, from 1933 to 1942, young men across America worked to improve forests and recreational resources as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps federal employment program. Facing harsh conditions, they planted forests, fought fires, built roads, campgrounds, picnic and swimming areas and constructed quality shelters, pavilions, lodges, bridges and dams. In Massachusetts, these 100,000 men who served over a period of nine years were among the first stewards of our state forests and parks system.

CCC Donation Form doc format of CCC Donation Form
(check made out to Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Conservation Trust – CCC Fund)

For more information, call 617-626-1267.

*Any additional contributions made to the CCC Worker’s Statue Campaign will be used to preserve the legacy of the CCC by supporting the memorials, structures and programs dedicated to the men that served in our Massachusetts state parks.

Top Left Image: Thirty CCCers gather in front of the 18th CCC Worker’s Statue shortly after its unveiling on National Public Lands Day, September 28, 2002 at Freetown State Forest in Freetown, Massachusetts.

Right Image: CCCers Philip J. Gouzie, Treasurer of the NACCCA (left) and Francis Derwin, President of NACCCA Chapter 60 (right), stand proudly with a fellow Chapter 60 CCCer beside the newly unveiled CCC Worker’s Statue on September 28, 2002 at Freetown State Forest in Freetown, Massachusetts.