Local organization remembering workers from 1930’s, 40’s who worked for Wichita Wildlife Refuge

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Bridges, buildings, and trails built in the 1930’s and 40’s still stand today in the Wichita Wildlife Refuge

They were built by Oklahomans who desperately needed work during the Depression.

They went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, better known as the CCC and the WPA.

More than 100,000 Oklahomans participated in the CCC and 119,000 men participated in the WPA projects.

Together, the groups created 42 dams, 10 large lakes, ponds for wildlife, miles of improved roads and trails, three dozen stone buildings, bridges, fences, campgrounds, picnic areas, plantings, erosion controls, and other projects that we can still see today.

Now there is an effort to remember those workers and their legacy.

On Sunday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m., in the Refuge at Environmental Education Center, family members of CCC or WPA men who worked in the Refuge are invited to share stories and photographs to honor their contribution.  After a short presentation, volunteers will interview and record participants and scan photographs, or take photos of memorabilia.  Refreshments will also be served.

On August 16 to September 27, there will be an exhibit of vintage CCC and WPA photographs at the visitor center from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

On September 20, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a public presentation at the Visitor Center Auditorium by Cynthia Savage.  The presentation is called, CCC and WPA: Refuge from the Dole.

For more information, call (405) 701-3723.

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