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Introducing Our 2016 Board Nominees

At JHS’s Annual Meeting, which was held Tuesday, May 24th, at 6:30 p.m., the membership approved our slate of new board nominees. We would like to introduce you to these three outstanding inviduals: Michael Fackler Michael Fackler earned his undergraduate degree in history with a focus on African History from Northwestern University in 1994. From 1996-98, […]

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The Day the Town Burned Down

It was Friday, May 3, 1901, and not much was happening in Florida’s largest city, population 28,000.  In fact, the news was achingly dull with a repeat weather report weeks old—hot and dry. Reporters were in search of a story.  By day’s end, the story of the century would be delivered to their doorstep. Meanwhile, […]

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115 Years After the Great Fire . . .

Pre-fire buildings and post-fire masterpieces are still threatened May 3 is arguably the most important day in city history. It’s the anniversary of Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. This year, Jacksonville marks 115 years since the conflagration wiped out 2,368 homes and buildings in eight hours. The fire began in the LaVilla area and rapidly […]

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Would you like to be a volunteer docent?

You are invited to become part of the society’s great volunteer team by becoming a docent for the Merrill House History Museum. We are eagerly seeking new guides who can help interpret the turn-of-the-century lifestyle that is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights an era of limited electricity and plumbing. With […]

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