Members of the Monroe County Historical Society met at Paris Senior Center on Jan. 22.

Members of the Monroe County Historical Society met at Paris Senior Center on Jan. 22.

Margarite Jones, president, called the meeting to order. Marlina Shatzer gave the treasurer’s report; Carol Comstock gave the secretary’s report on the November meeting. No meeting was held in December.

Karen Seward from the Mark Twain Shrine in Florida gave a presentation on the Civilian Civil Corps Camp beginning March of 1933, as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program to employ young men, ages 18 to 25 years. These young men are credited with building The Shelter at Buzzard’s Roost in Mark Twain Park and the stone amphitheater in “The Valley” behind the old high school at the corner of Locust and Baskett streets in Paris.

Marianne Bodine shared a list is programs taught to the crew including elementary and high school subjects, auto mechanics, woodworking, barbering as well multiple other trades. A menu of meals served to the camp was also provided showing well-balanced, nutritious fare including meats, vegetables and fruits.

A card and game party was held in January. The next party will be Feb, 9 in the Roegge Room at the public library at 6pm.

The next Historical Society meeting will is scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Paris Senior Center.