Mammoth Cave National Park

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The Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University partnered with Mammoth Cave National Park for a special 2015 summer-long, National Endowment for the Arts sponsored project titled “Folklorist in the Park”. The project was conducted by Josh Chrysler, a former graduate student at...

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Lewis Cutliff talks about growing up near Mammoth Cave while the CCC worked in the area. Topics include early memories of the Mammoth Cave area, local enrollment in the CCC, local opinion on the presence of an African American camp, location of the CCC camps, camp projects, physical differences...

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Elmer Britt describes his experiences in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 1. Topics include daily military-like drills, the salary system, camp projects, playing baseball and basketball for camp teams, fire tower duty, leaving the CCC, free time, recreational activities including...

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Mr. and Mrs. Davis talk about their association with in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park as residents of the Mammoth Cave area. Topics include the Depression, their family-owned store, visiting the cave, local tension over development of the park, their feelings about the CCC, interaction...

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Reubin Vincent discusses his experiences in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 2. Topics include training, the salary system, camp projects, structure of a work day, working on employee cottages, road construction, free time, pranks, interaction among the camps, racial tension, CCC...

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James Ashby relates his experiences in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 2. Topics include discovery of an Indian mummy in the cave, the salary system, old movies, free time, camp projects, trains, regimentation in the CCC, leaving the CCC, interaction among the camps, pranks, dating...

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Kathryn A. Curd Kadel discusses her husband's, Dick Kadel, experiences as camp commander at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 4. Topics include their meeting, Thanksgiving dinner at the camp, the 1937 flood relief work, their courtship, Dick's nickname and camp duties, free time, camp projects,...

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Gilbert Sanders discusses his experiences in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 4. Topics include surveying and mapping farms, the salary system, teaching and education programs, free time, camp projects, interaction among the camps, pranks, CCC relationships with the local community,...

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Albert A. "Shorty" Coats describes his experiences in the CCC at Mammoth Cave National Park, Camp 4. Topics include the salary system, free time, camp projects, interaction among the camps, pranks, the Army during WW II, CCC relationship with the local community, race relations, his opinion of...

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