A gathering was held at the Shelby County Museum & Archives on July 23rd to discuss the early history of Oak Mountain State Park, with a focus on the involvement of the Civilian Conservation Corps role in creating what is now the largest park in the state of Alabama.
Presenters were John Croom, a history teacher at Oak Mountain High School, and Lee Greene, Jr., a civil engineer and land surveyor in Harstelle, AL. Thanks to years of research, both John and Lee have amassed large collections of Civilian Conservation Corps history.
In attendance were Dr. Ruth Truss, Professor of History and Interim Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Montevallo; David Nolen, President of the Shelby County Historical Society; Jennifer Maier, Director of the Shelby County Museum & Archives; Anna Jones, Oak Mountain State Park's Event Coordinator; Kelly Ezelle, Oak Mountain State Park Superintendent; and Lauren Muncher, Oak Mountain State Park Naturalist.
The event was organized by Bill Wildes, a research assistant at the Shelby County Museum & Archives. It was the first in what the museum hopes to be an ongoing series of "Lunch and Learn" events focusing on different aspects of Shelby County's history.