Sharing the Common Wealth showcases objects, artifacts, documents, structures and buildings from the collections of PHMC.

As part of his New Deal, an ambitious agenda of relief initiatives to revive the nation’s economy during the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on March 21, 1933. The CCC gave work to young men from unemployed families and became one of the New Deal’s most popular programs. In Pennsylvania alone, the CCC enrolled nearly two hundred thousand individuals who helped build roads, bridges, fire towers, park pavilions, and dams, in addition to fighting forest fires, tree diseases, and soil erosion. The Keystone State claimed 113 CCC camps, second only to California, thanks to the vision of Governor Gifford Pinchot (1865–1946), whose administration laid the groundwork for such a program. Enrollees at CCC Camp S-135, at the Dyer Farm, in southern Potter County, erected eight chestnut log cabins as part of a park proposed — but never developed — by the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters. Scheduled for demolition in 1992, Cabin Number 4 was rescued by Pennsylvania Lumber Museum volunteers who dismantled and moved it to the museum grounds in Galeton, Potter County. They restored and dedicated the cabin as a memorial to the young men from throughout the Commonwealth who served in the CCC.