"Valley of Hope: Pine Mountain Valley Resettlement Village," a documentary by retired Columbus State University English professor David Johnson and photographer Paul Johnston, premieres at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave., at 6:30 p.m. July 29.
I've known David since I was a student at Columbus College, which is now Columbus State University. And I've known Paul since the days when he wasa the "official" Springer Opera House photographer.
The two men interviewed and compiled the history of the area for more than a year. Pine Mountain is one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's most complete resettlement villages of the 1930s. The villages were created across the country for people displaced by the Great Depression.
The story is narrated, in part, by 13 descendants of the original settlers. They tell stories about their experiences growing up in the Valley. It is a history from the "back porch" by children who were there.
Included in the 60-minute documentary is historical background leading up to the Depression and a pictorial history of the Village as it was being built.
The filmmakers will discuss the project after the screening.
Dinner is served at 6 p.m. for $5. I've heard dinners at the church are very good. For those of you who have children ages 4 and younger, a nursery is available.
Reservations are required for dinner and child-care by noon July 27.
The screening is free.