JCGS 2017 November Program Announcement


"Navigating WCU’s Digital Resources” is the name of the November program of the Jackson County Genealogical Society.  WCU Special and Digital Collections Librarian Elizabeth Skene will demonstrate how to access and use the thousands of documents, photographs, and other rare and unique materials available online through Western Carolina University.  This community research tool is invaluable for anyone interested in or seeking information about Jackson County and the surrounding region.      


The program will be in the Community Room of the historic Jackson County Courthouse on Thursday, November 9th beginning at 6:30pm followed by refreshments at 7:30.  All JCGS events are free of charge and the public is welcome.  For more information visit us on Facebook or call 631-2646.   



“Tarheels in the Pacific Northwest” is the title of the program to be given by Rob Ferguson at the next meeting of the Jackson County Genealogical Society on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Jackson County Library.

Ferguson, an assistant professor at Western Carolina University, will discuss the strong migration ties between Western North Carolina and Washington state. The logging industry served as the catalyst that brought most Jackson County people to Washington.

“After settling out west, and for the last 80 years, tarheels have kept up remarkable cultural and familial connections with the folks back  home,” Ferguson said.

After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WCU, Ferguson received his doctorate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012.

An historian of 20th century America, Ferguson’s first book, “Remaking the Rural South: Interracialism, Christian Socialism, and Cooperative Farming in Jim Crow Mississippi,” will be published by the University of Georgia Press this month.  His current research project documents the long history of environmental degradation and industrial decline in North Carolina.


The JCGS hosts  monthly programs  at the Community Room of the historic Jackson County Courthouse,  every 2nd Thursday,  at 6:30 p.m.  All JCGS events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit us on Facebook or call 631-2646.   


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