‘Dollar-A-Day-Boys’ at Brethren Retirement Community March 4


GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Library is partnering with the Brethren’s Retirement Center to present “Dollar-A-Day-Boys” in the BRC’s Brick Room on March 4 at 2:30 p.m.

This program is a fun, nostalgic look at the 1930’s Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men. Author, songwriter, and filmmaker Bill Jamerson gives a musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corp with heartfelt stories, hilarious tales, foot-tapping music, and a short video. The public is invited to this free event.

Jamerson says “Imagine, you’re 17 years old trying to survive during the Great Depression. Life is tough in Chicago. Food is scarce, jobs are non-existent and you’ve turned to petty crime to eke out a living. One day you hear about a new job works program created by the federal government that pays a ‘dollar-a-day.’ You soon find yourself in the Wisconsin northwoods spending long days planting trees and building roads. Over the next year, you put on 20 pounds, develop good work habits, gain confidence and make life-long friends. The job skills you learned help you find a job when you leave camp. Your experience turns out to be the most important event in your life. It turned you from a boy into a man.”

Jamerson’s presentation has been described as a cross between Woody Guthrie and Garrison Keillor in the oral tradition of sharing cultural and ethnic heritage with humor, storytelling, and song. “The telling of these stories is more than preserving the past; they are a reminder of who we are, and how we got to where we are. And in this way, the stories are as important as they are entertaining.”

For over a decade the Michigan based historian has been sharing America’s past with his History through Song programs. Jamerson has also produced a PBS documentary Camp Forgotten and published an historical novel Big Shoulders on the CCC in Michigan.


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