Heritage Center invites community to encore presentation of new documentary

May 13, 2019

Join Jackson College’s award-winning Heritage Center students an encore presentation of their latest film, “Going Home: A Story of Courage, Sacrifice and Friendship,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30 in the Bert Walker Hall Community Rooms, 144-145.

In 1941, homes across Jackson County were asked to give everything they have to the war effort.  Young Jacksonians traded in their ball gloves, phonographs and schoolbooks for flight gear and military orders.  Jackson Junior College provided hope and direction to men and women during these turbulent times. It was a place where dreams came true. Three of “our boys” — Elwood Bailey, Zenneth Pond, and William Maher — formed a strong friendship at JJC and were taught to fly under the steadfast and kind leadership of Frank James Dove. All three boys set off to join the war together — only one came home.

“This film is an attempt to show how important it is to remember those who have made sacrifices,” states Professor Diana Agy, director of the Heritage Center. “This is especially true of our veterans and those who have yet to come home. Our Heritage Center students have researched the families and communities that shaped these young men.”

The Jackson College Heritage Center collects, preserves and shares stories of the College and community. They are the 2018 winners of two state awards, Governor’s Award for Service and the Michigan Historical Society Award.

All are welcome to this free event.