Exploring the History and Legacy of Camp Mercer-CANCELED

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Date(s) - 04/21/2020 - 04/28/2020
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mercer Public Library

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Dates: April 21, 23, and 28th


Time: 2pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Mercer Public Library, 2648W Margaret Street, Mercer

Course Fee: Present to April 14 – $40; April 15 – April 21 – $45

The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), a voluntary depression era work relief program, helped restore morale and provide skills for young unemployed men while protecting and developing natural resources. CCC camps were once vibrant, temporary communities. Today only remnants remain, but their impact on our community continues. Join Jim Bokern as he investigates CCC camps through the legacy of Camp Mercer.

Fe University is proud to once again offer the class Exploring the History and Legacy of Camp Mercer on April 21, 23, and 28, from 2-5:30 PM.  Each class will begin at the Mercer Public Library, 2648 W Margaret Street, Mercer, and conclude with a field trip to the Camp Mercer CCC site.

Participants will explore historic sources on the Civilian Conservation Corps and Camp Mercer, as well as engage in field work analyzing historic sites.  Collaboratively they will suggest a stewardship plan that will review the historic importance of both the CCC and Camp Mercer.  The class will review the camp’s history and archeology. Information on state and federal laws protecting cultural sites will be discussed and good stewardship practices will be kept while in the field.  Permission to explore this site has been given by John Broihahn Wisconsin State Archaeologist, Richard Kubicek Historic Preservation Officer for the Wisconsin DNR, and Craig Dalton NHAL Forest specialist.  Please join us for this special opportunity to explore and research an unique area.

Requirements: The field trip portion of each class requires an easy to moderate walk of approximately one mile over some uneven ground and possibly some shrub and trees. Participation in fieldwork is based on each participant’s comfort level and not required. Reading materials will be available digitally or in printed copies. A laptop or other digital device is recommended, but not required. There will be some home reading assignments.

The fee for the course is $45 with a $5 discount for those registering and paying by April 14th. Students requesting printed materials will also be charged a $5 copying fee.  Class size is limited. Register early.

Registration forms can be downloaded or picked up at the Mercer Library or the UW Extension office in the Hurley courthouse.  Completed forms may be mailed to Fe University, PO Box 63, Hurley, Wi 54534 or dropped off at the Mercer Library or Hurley Courthouse.


Registrations are closed for this event.