The older I get, the more I realize the importance of documenting local histories before time and memory fade all the colorful details. This is my motivation in telling my father’s (Mike Kerkes’) story...
“Around 1998, I began researching my father’s service in the CCC and was very surprised that there was nothing in print other than newspaper articles in the Mellen Weekly-Record...
“I took your book The Soldiers of Poverty with me to the Florida Keys in February. I had no trouble finishing it while waiting at airports and lounging on varioius beaches. Good Job! You held my interest all the way through. The way you interspersed stories along with historical fact made everything come alive. It was ironic, that I was reading about the tragedy of the CCC men that perished in the hurricane when their train got swept off the tracks. I was sitting at the spot just outside Key Largo looking at a portion of what remains today of that abandoned railroad.”
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“My wife and I recently spent the night at Giant City Park and bought a copy of your book about the CCC. It’s a beautifully crafted and written book and I read it in one sitting. The pictures are especially interesting; you have a remarkable collection of letters and photos from the depression years.
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Exploring the Rich History of the CCC & Copper Falls State Park