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Montana Western students to present living history.

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University of Montana Western students will take the Birch Creek Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp back in time this Saturday, Oct.10, 2015 by donning period clothing and relaying the story through a living history interpretive event.

In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the CCC which was designed to provide people with jobs during the Depression while working on projects related to natural resources such as forestry, soil erosion and flood control.

“A living history interpretive event provides a great hands-on experience for the interpretive student and helps connect the public and Birch Creek Center through educational programs presented to the community,” Professor of Environmental Sciences Linda Lyon said.

The CCC crew remained at Camp Birch Creek until 1941 and in 1942 the national Corps was dissolved. The Birch Creek site is presently on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated by the University of Montana Western.

The free public event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the site of the original Birch Creek Camp located 22 miles northwest of Dillon in the east Pioneer Mountains via Birch Creek Rd.

Guests should dress appropriately as the event will take place rain, shine or blizzard, Lyon said. Warm drinks and snacks will be served.

For more information contact Lyon at 406-683-7075.

— Montana Western —