Tens of thousands of people come to the Cornet Bay Retreat Center each spring and summer. However, few of them realize that they are staying on the same grounds as the young men of the Civilian Conservations Corps (CCC) that developed Deception Pass State Park during the 1930s.
Sam Wotipka, our AmeriCorps member Interpreter, and local photographer and park volunteer Vince Streano recently created an exhibit of CCC photos that highlight the work of Deception Pass Corps members at the modern-day grounds of the Retreat Center. Every photograph in the exhibit was taken at Cornet Bay and most of them are remarkably recognizeable even now–little has changed at the Retreat Center over the past 80 years.
The Foundation funded the printing, framing and mounting of the photographs in the Retreat Center’s Recreation Hall. It is our hope that this exhibit will further our efforts to help visitors appreciate and learn from the hard work, perseverance and dedication of the CCC members who served at Deception Pass.
The photographs from the exhibit can be viewed below. However, they are best viewed where they were originally taken, at the Cornet Bay Retreat Center.