The Jackson County Genealogical Society will hear from a group of Western Carolina University history students during its next program, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room.

The evening’s speakers will be Sean Anderson, Sophie Potts, Austin Derico, Phillip Thornton and Lindsey Mehaffey, who are studying local history under the direction of Rob Ferguson.

The students will present a program titled “Pride in the Mountains: The Centennial Celebration of Jackson County,” a topic they are researching with the help of JCGS members and reference materials available in the JCGS library. Their presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and discussion; anyone who has memories of the county’s 1951 weeklong Centennial celebration is invited to attend and join the conversation.

Jackson County Genealogical Society programs, always on the second Thursday of each month and typically at the Library, are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Society office at 631-2646, find the JCGS on Facebook, or visit online at