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Proffitt donates CCC memorabilia to GSMNP

GSMNP Museum Curator John McDade examines a large photo of CCC workers donated to the
Park by Wilma Proffitt, right.
Published: 6:54 PM, 09/27/2013 Last updated: 6:56 PM, 09/27/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s archives are richer today through the generosity of Wilma Proffitt.

On Monday, Sept. 23, Proffitt donated several photos and other memorabilia related to the Civilian Conservation Corps to the Park.

GSMNP Museum Curator John McDade came to Newport to accept the gifts.

Proffitt’s decision to place the yellowing photos and other items in the Park’s care came after she attended the 80th anniversary celebration of the CCC on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Sugarlands Visitors Center. An honored guest that day was Proffitt’s older brother, Clyde Bell, Sr., age 96, one of four CCC veterans in attendance.

For more details, see this weekend's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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