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75 years ago Jacksonville responds to Pearl Harbor attack

In the early days of December 1941, cool weather and a festive spirit filled the streets of Jacksonville. The Florida  Times Union was packed with news and advertisements highlighting the Christmas holidays. Stories detailed holiday events and warning notices on the Post Office’s usual mail onslaught.   Only days into the month, overshadowing the December flurry of […]

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Old St. Luke’s Hospital featured on River City Live

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Luke’s Hospital was the subject of a special segment last week on the year-old television show, River City Live, seen from 11 a.m. to noon on Ch. 4 WJXT. The popular weekday talk show explored some of the city’s more mysterious structures, and Old St. Luke’s, now the JHS Archives, […]

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Calling all builders, bakers, and gingerbread makers

The Historical Society’s beloved Gingerbread Extravaganza is returning Wednesday, November 30th and we need gingerbread builders! Often called the “most creative art show in Jacksonville,” the Gingerbread Extravaganza is visited by thousands of visitors during its three-week run, and showcases fantastical gingerbread and confection creations by amateurs and professionals alike. Participating in this wonderful  event is a sure-fire […]

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Remembering Hurricane Dora

Even before Hurricane Dora’s eye moved ashore in Northeast Florida just after midnight on September 10, 1964, much of the new Jacksonville Beach Pier was destroyed by winds. While Dora caused no deaths in Jacksonville, buildings throughout North Florida were severely damaged or lost. At the beaches, bulkheads were destroyed and 43 homes were lost […]

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