Have you ever driven up to Mount Baker National Forest and check in at the Glacier Public Service Center? Or maybe you camped at Douglas Fir Campground or hiked around the Warming Hut up at Austin Pass. All those places and many more projects were made by the young men of Civilian Conservation Corps 1933 to 1940. Like the young men featured in Oakley's novel, Tree Soldier and Impero's non-fiction book, Boys of Glacier. Local historians Janet Oakley and Mike Impero have worked hard to celebrate the work by securing a CCC worker statue from the national CCC Legacy organization. They will talk about CCCs and importance of the statue at the Glacier Ranger Station they built.
Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WWII, with characters standing up for something in their own time and place. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award and the 2015 WILLA Silver Award. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th century folkways.
Michael Impero has lived his whole life in Whatcom County, and is the author of Dreams of Gold, The Lone Jack, The Boys of Glacier, and The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker: History of the Mt. Baker Lodge.