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Montana Western students to present a Depression-era living history event.

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University of Montana Western students will take the Birch Creek Center back in time to when it was used as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp by donning period clothing and relaying Great Depression-era stories through a living history interpretive event.

The free public event will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the site of the original Birch Creek Camp located 22 miles northwest of Dillon in the east Pioneer Mountains.

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

“Living history interpretive events provide great hands-on experience for the students and help connect the public with the past,” 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.

Guests should dress appropriately as the event will take place rain or shine, Lyon said. Dogs are not allowed at the event. Warm drinks and snacks will be served.

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

— Montana Western —