Civilian Public Service Camp (Terry, Montana, USA)

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CPS camp #64, ca. 1943.
Scan courtesy Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, KS: 2003-0193

Terry Civilian Public Service Camp No. 64 was opened near Terry, Montana, 15 January 1943, and was closed 30 June 1946. Under the Bureau of Reclamation and the Farm Security Administration, and operated by the Mennonite Central Committee, Camp Terry helped to develop the Buffalo Rapids irrigation project to improve about 30,000 acres in the level valley of the Yellowstone River. More than 280 men from twenty-two states worked in Camp Terry during its three years of operation. A farm and community school was held in the camp during the winter of 1944-45. An illustrated book, This Is Our Story, was produced by the campers in 1944.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace: a history of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949: 169-176.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1959

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Gingerich, Melvin. "Civilian Public Service Camp (Terry, Montana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 19 Aug 2022.,_Montana,_USA)&oldid=162993.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 697. All rights reserved.

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