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Lifelong Learning at UCM presents ....

Surviving the Great Depression

Life at Pertle Springs CCC Camp

Monday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Warrensburg Community Center, Room B/C
445 E. Gay St. in Warrensburg, MO

Ahhhhhh … the good ol’ days!

In the “good ol’ days,” Warrensburg business leader James H. Christopher developed the 300 acres on the south side of Warrensburg into a resort. Pertle Springs featured the healing waters of a mineral spring that fed four lakes on the property. Hotel Minnewawa was built on the hill north of Lake Cena in three stages, with the final building housing 300 guest rooms.

Although Pertle Springs was no longer a bustling resort by the late 1920s, the property gained new life when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation in 1933 creating the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  The government leased 15 acres of the property just southeast of the Pertle Springs lodge as a location for CCC Company 1771-V.  The camp contained nine barracks buildings, along with a dining hall, hospital, headquarters building, recreation hall, machine shop and garages.  The company of about 200 men lived in the compound and worked on local soil-conservation projects. Archaeological survey and historical research have revealed much about the lives of those men as well as the location of the barracks and other buildings.

The results of the surveys and research will be  presented by Jeff Yelton, PhD and associate professor of archeology at UCM for the past 14 years.   Yelton’s interest in archaeology began when he was a young boy and he became intrigued by a neighbor’s stone tool collection.  Now, Yelton’s main emphasis is historical archeology – researching populations of the last few hundred years.

This program is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Read about our final program for this spring!

Welcome to Lifelong Learning at the University of Central Missouri for the 2013-2014 school year!

September 2013 marked the beginning of the 4th year of programming for Lifelong Learning (LLL) at UCM. The LLL board strives to provide community programs for continued learning. Programs are free and open to the community at large. They are designed to be of interest to people of various ages and educational levels. 

We thank all who have supported these programs in the past and welcome those who have not been able to attend. Please select a topic from our spring schedule and enjoy learning in a noncompetitive,  informal environment. No University affiliation is required to participate in our programming.

At the University of Central Missouri, LLL is supported by Extended Studies, and is affiliated with the Alumni Association, the Emeriti Association, and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. In addition, the Trails Regional Library is a community affiliate.

The LLL motto is: “Community programs for continued learning for people of various ages.”  We look forward to seeing you at future programs.  

With warmest regards,
Deems Brooks, PhD
Lifelong Learning Coordinator