Library Program: Winter Work: The Civilian Conservation Corps and New England Skiing

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for the presentation “Winter Work: The Civilian Conservation Corps and New England Skiing” by Jeff Leich of the New England Ski Museum. This program will be held Wednesday evening November 6th at 7 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.  

Jeff will discuss how the fledgling sport of skiing in New England was able to grow thanks to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Here in New England, the dense forest cover limited early skiers to hillside pastures, logging roads, and the few existing mountain carriage roads.  With the arrival of the CCC in the 1930s, new downhill ski trails were constructed on Federal and State lands.  Major developments grew up around CCC trails on Mount Mansfield, Cannon Mountain, Mount Tecumseh and Wildcat. CCC trails that survived in their undeveloped state today see increased traffic as alpine touring equipment makes access easier.

Jeff Leich is Executive Director of New England Ski Museum in Franconia and North Conway. He produces the exhibits that the Museum changes on an annual basis, and is editor of the quarterly Journal of the New England Ski Museum. Jeff and his wife Martha live in North Conway. They have two adult children, Alex and Emily, both of whom are far better skiers than their parents.

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This program is free and open to the public, although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset presenter expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.