Valley Talks: Albert Klyberg on the CCC




The Museum of Work & Culture will host the second installment of its free Valley Talks series on Sunday, January 31, at 1:30pm.

Historian & former Rhode Island Historical Society Director Albert Klyberg (pictured) will explore the origins and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed more than 10,000 young men in Rhode Island from 1932 to 1941. The CCC, a branch of FDR’s New Deal, tasked these individuals with conserving natural resources on government land, including seven Rhode Island-based camps focused on forestry projects and state parks.

Albert Klyberg came to the RIHS as its librarian and editor in 1968. A year later, he became director. Klyberg oversaw the first effort to convert the John Brown House from a combination library, lecture hall, and exhibit building, acquired Aldrich House in 1974, and supervised the final stages of the Museum of Work and Culture, which opened in 1997. He managed the operations side of the Papers of Major General Nathanael Greene and the Correspondence of Roger Williams. He was a founder of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society and organizer of the Heritage Harbor Museum. He has taught courses in Rhode Island history at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College, and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Museum Services Board at the recommendation of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell.

Subsequent Valley Talks will include:

February 7: Writer and filmmaker Rick Beyer explores the local roots of the WWII deception unit known as the Ghost Army, and discusses his ongoing efforts to uncover this amazing story.

February 21: Writer & historical reenactor Paul Bourget examines the Sentinelle Affair, the local underground movement that led to the excommunication of 61 congregants.

March 6: Baseball historian Greg Rubano presents on his upcoming book, In the Shadow of Ty Cobb: The Life & Times of Napoleon Lajoie, recounting the meteoric rise of Woonsocket native Nap Lajoie from mill worker to Hall of Famer.

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