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Harvard Diggins Library plans September programs

HARVARD – Harvard Diggins Library is planning programs in September for those who want to preserve this year’s bounty, as well as those who are interested in the preservation of the past.

• Basics of Canning Foods: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17

Have you been interested in canning some of your own food but are unsure how to begin? This presentation covers the basic steps in canning and provides guidelines for how to get started. The discussion will include what equipment is needed, costs, safety procedures and benefits of canning. Master gardeners Steve and Cindy DeBerg will be program presenters. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

• Dollar-a-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24

Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the Civilian Conservation Corp. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs and wrote a historical novel.

Started in 1933 by President Franklin Roosevelt as part of the New Deal, the CCC was used as a way to not only help unemployed Americans, but to help conserve some of the country’s forests and parks. Over the next 10 years, it would employ more than 3 million men who planted trees, fought fires and helped their families financially.

This presentation includes heartfelt stories and hilarious tales along with special music from this unique period in 1930s America.

Relatives often show up with CCC photo albums and memorabilia to share, along with their own stories about their relatives’ experiences.

No registration is required, but seating is limited.

Harvard Diggins Library is at 900 E. McKinley Ave., Harvard. For information, call 815-943-4671.

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