Arts & Culture

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Baking bread/photo from the Cook County Historical Society

The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 2

In 1933, Cook County was just another area of the United States struggling with the Great Depression. But a program begun by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called the Civilian Conservation Corps offered hope for the future of both Cook County and area young men. In this episode, former CCC enrollees and construction foremen recall their experience working in Cook County’s CCC camps. This piece is part of WTIP’s ongoing series on the legacy of CCC in Cook County.


Frauenburg Brunhilde Watercolor

Watercolor Society to exhibit at JHP

Over 30 members of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society will exhibit about 60 paintings at the Johnson Heritage Post. The opening is set for this Friday, Sept. 24.


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Seed Saving and Planting for Fall

Nick Wharton, who runs a CSA in Cook County and Jerry Goettl, the founder and owner of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds,


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All about Root Cellars

Guests on Northern Gardening discuss root cellars -- how they're built, what can be stored in them and more.


CCC crew members in Cook County take a break from tree planting for a photo/image courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society

The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps Part 1

The Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC began in the spring of 1933. It was started by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. Cook County became home to many CCC camps. The projects undertaken by the corps are still visible today. In this ongoing series WTIP explores the legacy and story of the CCC in Cook County.

Nick Wharton

On the farm in Cook County

Agriculture is hardly the first thing folks think of when they picture Cook County. In fact, many people think the cold climate and difficult soil make it almost impossible to grow food here, but all that doesn’t stop Nick Wharton and his family from trying. WTIP’s Barbara Jean Johnson has this report from our ongoing series on homesteading in Cook County.


Assorted objects uncovered while replacing the dock at the Grand Portage National Monument.

Large archaeological find unearthed offshore in Grand Portage

Last week in Grand Portage an unexpected archaeological find occurred in Lake Superior just offshore from the historic national monument.