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Civilian Conservation Corps reunion features a history in song

August 18, 2011

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will hold its annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reunion on Saturday, August 20. All Civilian Conservation Corps members, their families and friends are invited to attend. The afternoon portion of the reunion is open to the general public.

The general public is welcome to attend afternoon programming which begins at 1:15 p.m. and includes a special presenter, Paula Purnell presenting “Celebrate Pennsylvania! A History through Story and Song.”

Purnell will present songs written by and about the people of Pennsylvania, in a family-friendly and interactive presentation featuring authentic instruments, costumes and props. From the indigenous people of the Eastern Woodlands, to early English settlers, on to the workers of the Industrial Age, Purnell invites audiences to explore how and why Pennsylvanians have been making music for thousands of years.

Volunteers don costumes to become George Washington, Queen Aliquippa and other important people from Pennsylvania’s past. Artifacts provide opportunities to explore and discuss the daily life, toils and triumphs of bygone eras. Paula will also be singing some CCC era songs.

The program is funded through the PA Humanities Council (PHC). Visit promisedlandenvedsp@state.pa.us or call 570/676-3428.