Our Mark On This Land by Ren and Helen Davis provides an historical understanding of the era in which the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked, the hardships and deprivations of the Gre
Our Mark On This Land by Ren and Helen Davis provides an historical understanding of the era in which the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked, the hardships and deprivations of the Great Depression, and of the remarkable vision of the Roosevelt administration to see an unparalleled opportunity to put unemployed men to work on projects that restored and enhanced our nation's natural resources. The CCC also restored the men themselves - their bodies, minds, and spirits. From 1933 to 1942, more than three million men served in the Corps. Over 700 local, state, and national parks were enhanced by the CCC workers, and no other book serves as a guide to the work of the Corps in parks nationwide as does this book. It also serves as a guidebook to to a selection of those parks that best represent the breadth of work by the Corps in all parks, such as structures, campgrounds, trails, lakes, dams, landscape features, etc. These parks are subdivided into two categories: destination state and national parks and other CCC parks which number about 260 more. Our Mark On This Land contains a foreword by Robert Stanton, National Park Service Director (retired).
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Ren Davis is a native of Atlanta, GA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History from Emory University in 1973, and a Masters Degree from Tulane University in 1976. Most of his career was spent managing and consulting health care issues. He was the recipient of the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia's "Heroes in Health Care Ethics Award" in 2008. He also authored a book titled Caring for Atlanta: A History of Emory Crawford Long Hospital, which was published in 2003. Helen Davis is a native of Lewistown, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University in 1973 and a Master's Degree in Education from Georgia State University in 1980. She completed a program of Advanced Studies for Teachers at Emory University and has served as an adjunt professor of education psychology at Oglethorpe University, and spent twenty years as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. Together, Ren and Helen are also free-lance writers and phtographers and have worked on a wide variety of regional and historical travel topics. They served as contributing editors for Georgia Journal Magazine from 1994-1998, and have produced more than 80 articles for magazines and newspapers. To date, their work has appeared in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, Appalachian Trailway News, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Tennis Magazine, Georgia Magazine, Where Atlanta/Georgia Magazine, and Travelworld International (e-magazine). Their work has also been syndicated through Cox Newpapers. The Davis' are co-authors of several popular guidebooks. Atlanta Walks: A Guide to Walking, Running, and Bicycling Scenic and Historic Atlanta (now in its 4th edition); Georgia Walks: Discovery Hikes Through the Peach State's Natural and Human History (in its 2nd printing, with a revision scheduled for 2012); and several others. They provide audiovisual presentations on a number of travel topics. They are members of the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Ren is a member of the Appalachian Trail Club, North American Travel Journalists Association, and American Historical Association.