On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 12 noon to 1pm the Appalshop Archive will be at the Filson Historical Society’s Oxmoor Farm to present a recently preserved film documenting the Civilian Conservation Corps in Pine Mountain State Park in 1938. The 24-minute silent film will be shown with contextual narration and a discussion will follow.
Earlier this year the Archive preserved a donated 16mm b/w print documenting a CCC camp located near the coal mining community of Pineville, Kentucky. Shot in 1938 by then-Park supervisor Carl Zody, the film shows Camp SP-10 workers mixing and laying concrete for roads, operating heavy machinery and tools, using explosives to loosen rock, cutting native sandstone, and laying stone in construction of a bridge. The film also shows the officers, foremen, and enrollees at the camp’s barracks.
In addition to its standing as the only-known moving image record of Camp SP-10 activity in Pineville, the film document is unique because it is raw footage shot by a Park employee rather than by federal agencies intending to promote the CCC program to the public.