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Author Cynthia Brandimarte to Discuss Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Conjunction with Texas State Archives Exhibit

Thursday, November 10, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission welcomes the public to an evening with historian and author, Cynthia Brandimarte on Wednesday, November 16 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Library and Archives Building, 1201 Brazos St., Austin, Texas. , An expert on the state’s park system, Brandimarte will share selections from her book Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and discuss the history and impact of one of the largest land assets in the United States.

Brandimarte mined the archives of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Texas Department of Transportation to compile a rich visual record of how the New Deal program, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, left an indelible stamp on many of the parks we still enjoy today. Texas State Parks and the CCC profiles 29 parks, providing a descriptive history of each with detailed accounts of the skilled dedication employed by more than 50,000 men as they constructed trails, cabins, concession buildings, bathhouses, dance pavilions,  hotels, and other points of interest in the “Peoples’ Parks” throughout the Lone Star State.

The event is in conjunction with the current TSLAC lobby exhibit, Setting Up Camp: The Early History of the Texas State Parks, which illustrates the formation of Texas’ state parks first established by Governor Pat Neff in 1923. The exhibit invites visitors to gain a better understanding of the vision of our greatest shared natural resources though hand-drawn park blueprints, vintage tourism guides, period promotional photographs and more compiled from the Texas State Archives. Setting Up Camp is currently on display through March 17, 2017 in the Zavala Building lobby.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities.

For more information, contact Ashley Stevens (, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Archives and Information Services, at 512-463-9807. For additional details, visit