Civilian Public Service Camp (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)

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CPS men sitting around fire at noon lunch on project location.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen IX-13-2-2

Hagerstown, Maryland, was the location of Civilian Public Service Camp No. 24, consisting of five units operated conjointly by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the Brethren Service Committee. Units 1, 3 (Boonsboro), and 4 (Clear Spring) were administered by the MCC. The three MCC units were located on farms in the northern part of the Cumberland Valley in Washington County, Maryland. The farms were owned by agencies of the MCC constituent churches. Each unit had approximately 35 men, whose work was in the area of soil conservation. During 1944 two special schools were held at Unit 4, which was located about five miles north of Clear Spring. These were the Farm and Community School and the Christian Workers' School. Unit 24 was approved by Selective Service in December 1941 and closed in September 1946.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace: a History of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1956

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Civilian Public Service Camp (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 22 Jul 2024.,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=114072.

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Gingerich, Melvin. (1956). Civilian Public Service Camp (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 July 2024, from,_Maryland,_USA)&oldid=114072.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 627. All rights reserved.

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