“Traveling History’s Trail . . . Together”

by Kathleen on December 9, 2015

Article on CCC artist research by Kathleen Duxbury and Gardner Year used with permission of Autumn Years 2015

Delighted with the entertaining article that highlights on our efforts researching the Civilian Conservation Corps and the New Deal CCC art program.

“Traveling History’s Trail . . . Together” written by Patricia Farrell Delhauser along with the design and layout by Heidi Gross appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Autumn Years magazine.

The full, ten page, spread can be viewed on my KathleenDuxbury.com website.

Included in this article are numerous photographs from our research travels in addition to several images selected from my CCC fine art infrared collection. The infrared image of the CCC Worker statue , which symbolically overlooks Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park in Washington, stands proudly outside the park CCC Interpretive Center. It is a monument that honors the legacy of the CCC.

The history of this unusual CCC Worker statue is a complex one. A daunting challenge to investigate, but a challenge I accept.

Suffice to say the genesis of the statues purpose and designs actually harkens back to 1934, but that is yet another compelling story of the CCC – the art, artists and history.

Deception Pass CCC statue Deception Pass CCC statue ©KathleenDuxbury.com – with permission Autumn Years magazine 2015


“Traveling History’s Trail . . . Together” article on CCC artist research by Kathleen Duxbury and Gardner Year used with permission of Autumn Years 2015




Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) by discovering the art and artists who depicted it.

 “CCC ART – Artists of the Civilian Conservation Corps – Marshall Davis” my latest book on a quiet part of American art history, the CCC art program, is now available. More information can be found here. It has been an exciting and labor intensive journey of discovery, on so many levels.


Available direct from the author Kathleen Duxbury at www.kathleenduxbury.com
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NEWS May 2015 – Available at the FDR Presidential Library bookstore, Hyde Park, New York.
A visit to the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a National Historic Site, is highly recommended. So much to do and see.
Pick up your copy of “CCC ART – Marshall Davis” at the New Deal Store.


 “I have a pile of picture material – and thanks to those managing the Art Project
and Mr. Hoyt of Happy Days – the time is drawing near when I will have nothing to do
but sleep – eat – and draw . . . I assure you I will do my best with every opportunity.”
(Clarence) Marshall Davis

One can easily sense the excitement felt by junior Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollee Marshall Davis on March 24, 1934 as he put pen to paper and wrote those words to Edward Rowan in the Treasury Department  Washington, D.C.  Marshall Davis was soon to receive an honorable discharge from the CCC making him a civilian free to sign on to the first of the Great Depression government art programs, the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP). Once CCC Director, Robert Fechner and PWAP Director, Edward Bruce became aware of Davis and his remarkable talents they quickly intervened and arranged for his discharge and transfer.

Marshall Davis was caught up in a dramatic and timely turn of events that would enable him to leave CCC Co. 1253, Hattiesburg, Mississippi and embark on a artistic journey that would change his life, career and provide us, eight decades later, with a collection of illustrations and articles that masterfully narrate the life and work of the real CCC.

CCCArtist_Records from the collection and research files of Kath

Marshall Davis-HappyDays-CCCArtist

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his personal approval to the making of a pictorial record of the CCC,  his favorite New Deal work program, by sending artists into CCC camps. If you have seen a copy of Happy Days, a holiday menu, a postcard or one of the CCC handbooks; Your CCC or We Can Take It, you have seen the art of the most prolific CCC artist, Marshall Davis.

As an embedded artist and reporter Marshall Davis traveled extensively within the lower forty-eight states, illustrating and writing on the remarkable successes and often humorous splinters of Roosevelt’s tree army.

He was extremely talented and resourceful. The drawings and personal journey of Marshall Davis add a unique and valuable component, helping us all to gain a better understanding of Americas greatest conservation movement and Americas greatest generation.

Now available – CCC ART – Artists of the Civilian Conservation Corps – Marshall Davis” has been deeply researched. Explaining, perhaps for the first time, the genesis of the CCC art program. It tells the remarkable story of one artist, Marshall Davis, who like so many idle and struggling artists, was desperate for meaningful work during the cruelest years of the Great Depression. No artist knew the CCC better than Marshall Davis, he was one of them

. . .  Until supplies last . . .



Product Details Book –
CCC ART – Artists of the Civilian Conservation Corps
Marshall Davis

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Duxbury Media, Incorporated; 1 edition (December 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986003840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986003844
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces


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