Foster preservationists have added CCC info

Foster preservationists have added CCC info

It was good to see the recent article regarding the CCC Camps. The Foster Preservation Society has featured this program in some of our educational meeting programs.

We had the good fortune of accompanying Al Klyberg (see obituary in The Valley Breeze January 10, 2017) when he visited the CCC sites while he was doing background work for a slide program he was planning. Al had at one time been the Executive Director of the R.I. Historical Society and was head of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. Al’s passing was a loss to everyone who knew him.

The camp, situated at 16 Howard Hill Road, Foster, was called the Greene Camp because the Greene Post Office was the closest one. One of our local elders, Hank Luther, grew up on a farm across the road and recalled going to the camp on Saturday nights to watch movies with the recruits.

The property is now the Woody Lowden Recreation Center. One can still find traces of fire roads cut into the woods as well as water holes dug by the young men 18-25 who participated in the program.

The Society has a number of work documents that Al’s son Kevin sent to us for our history.

To view these documents and a few photos of the camp go to: https://tinyurl.com/y8w6k6vq

Guests are welcome to our office in the lower level of the Foster Town House every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. Our web site is: www.fosterpreservationsociety.org and e-mail is: fosterfps@msn.com .

Ed Robinson

Foster

Robinson is president of the Foster Preservation Society.