CCC Museum Association meets

The West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association met Feb. 19, at the Ryan’s Family Steakhouse meeting room. Charles Piercy, acting president, of Kingmont, conducted the meeting. The invocation was led by CCC Veteran Harlen Frederick of Fairmont.

Dr. Robert Anderson of Bridgeport; treasurer, handed out copies of the financial report. “The museum was once again awarded a Community Arts Grant by the Clarksburg-Harrison Cultural Foundation for 2014. We are so happy that they appreciate what we are doing out at the museum,” commented Anderson. The long time treasurer and one of the founders of the CCC Museum announced that he is resigning as treasurer. “I feel it is time to relinquish my treasurer duties, but, I will remain an active member of the museum board,” related Anderson. Piercy and the Association thanked Dr. Anderson for his dedication and excellent work as long-time treasurer.

Secretary Richard Bailey of Bridgeport handed out copies of the minutes of the November meeting. The minutes were approved.

Paul Hill of Quiet Dell, chair of the replica CCC barracks project, updated the group on progress to date. Hill praised the West Virginia Heritage Crafts Co-op and all they do at the historic Quiet Dell Grade School. “The wonderful people of the Heritage Crafts group have been instrumental in helping to keep the CCC Museum open to the public six days a week.” He added. “They take time out to give tours and answer questions about the legacy of the CCC.”

Board member Jimmy Ray Walters of Beverly was honored for his work in spreading the word about the CCC and the Museum. Piercy commented: “Jim has placed CCC brochures far and wide, attended CCC reunions, designed CCC shirts and memorabilia, and has well represented our organization. Walters is now a life member of the association.”

Discussion centered around plans for the statewide celebration of the 81st anniversary of the founding of the CCC by President Roosevelt. Anniversary Day will take place at the CCC Museum Sunday, March 30, beginning at 1 p.m. Piercy stated, “We invite CCC Vets, their families, friends, and the general public to come out to the museum and join us.” He added, “We will have a short program with a flag raising, playing of taps and the National Anthem by Markie Shellhammer of Clarksburg, and recognize the many accomplishments of the CCC to America.”

Walters announced that the date of the Watoga CCC Reunion has been changed to June 14. Anderson reported that the West Virginia Museum Association yearly meeting will take place in Charleston March 21-22 an that the annual Mountaineer State History Expo sponsored by the Marion County Historical Society is set for Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marion County Courthouse. The CCC Museum Association plans to participate. And, plans are being finalized for the annual CCC Spring Jubilee set for the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church dining hall Saturday,

April 26.

The March meeting of the association is set for Wednesday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Ryan’s Family Steakhouse meeting room, Emily Drive, Clarksburg.