The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society will host James D. Henderson, author of "Lost in the Woods: The Legacy of CCC Camp Pelican," as a guest speaker at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cole Memorial Building.
Henderson will talk about the Civilian Conservation Corps camps that many don't realize were in the area for a short time and projects that were done here.
A description of Henderson's book says 4,500 CCC camps were built across America between 1933-42. Young, unemployed men ages 17-28 were offered work in these camps. Nearly all of the camps were dismantled following their closure.
One of these was Camp Pelican, which has been "lost in the woods" for 70 years. Henderson's book provides a detailed description of a state forest service CCC camp in Crow Wing County. Built in 1935, the camp could house up to 200 enrollees and staff.
Through interviews with camp members and their descendants, CCC camp newspapers and historical documents from government files, Henderson recreates what life was like for members of Company 4751 at Camp Pelican. His book includes more than 200 black and white and color photos taken by camp members.
The book provides an overview of the CCC in Minnesota followed by descriptions of camp buildings, biographical sketches of enrollees and staff, discipline and rules, work projects, health and safety, education and camp activities.
An index of names allows the reader to easily find camp members mentioned in the book. More than 600 individuals who lived at Camp Pelican between 1935-38 are listed in camp rosters.
For more information about the Saturday program, contact Jeanie Haurum at 218-829-0123.