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GIANT CITY STATE PARK and the CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS A History in Words and Pictures Kay Rippelmeyer Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps: A History in Words and Pictures Southern Illinois University Press Rippelmeyer Cover illustration: Excavating 50 percent complete on underpass project. National Archives, CCC records, Project 47C, photo #4. Cover design by Mary Rohrer Printed in the United States of America Illinois / American History “Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps provides new insight into a significant part of our national history. Kay Rippelmeyer understands the difficult conditions of the 1930s and imparts that understanding to her readers.” —David Kenney, coauthor of Death Underground: The Centralia and West Frankfort Mine Disasters “Kay Rippelmeyer’s account of the history of southern Illinois and especially the effects of the Great Depression on the area is fascinating. . . . This book shows how resourceful a nation can be when times get hard.” —Jenny Skufca, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission Many recognize Giant City State Park as one of the premier recreation spots in southern Illinois, with its unspoiled forests, glorious rock formations, and famous sandstone lodge. But few know the park’s history or are aware of the remarkable men who struggled to build it. Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps: A History in Words and Pictures provides the first in-depth portrait of the park’s creation, drawing on rarely seen photos, local and national archival research, and interviews to present an intriguing chapter in Illinois history. kay rippelmeyer, a southern Illinois native, is newly retired from her work as a lecturer, researcher, and academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A program liaison for the Illinois Humanities Council, she has researched southern Illinois history for more than thirty years and has lectured widely on the Civilian Conservation Corps and river work in the region. She is currently completing work on her next book, The Shawnee National Forest and the Civilian Conservation Corps. southern illinois university press 1915 university press drive mail code 6806 carbondale, il 62901 $19.95 usd isbn 0-8093-2922-0 isbn 978-0-8093-2922-9 Shawnee Books Rippel pp cvr mech 2.indd 1 3/19/10 1:03 PM ...


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