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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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Banned in Jacksonville: What book are you missing?

September 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at Old St. Andrews: Hundreds of books are challenged in United States schools and libraries each year, according to our September program presenter Leslie Lewis Kirkwood.  These challenges can be attempts to remove or restrict materials, while “a banning” is the removal of those materials. The American Library Association’s Office […]

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What’s in a name? How the city and its streets got theirs.

For 10,000 years Native Americans lived along the St. Johns River and at some point referred to its waters by a variety of names, including Welaka, “river of lakes”. It is recorded that natives called the narrow St. Johns River crossing at today’s downtown Jacksonville, Wacca Pilatka, meaning “place of cow’s crossing.” By default, the […]

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Comic con and Graphic Novels: Adventures in the Archives

by Taryn Rodriguez-Boette Many of you might be following the latest Comic Con event this summer. For the uninitiated, “Comic Con” is the acronym of Comic Book Conventions – events “dedicated for the appreciation of Uncle Toms Cabincomics and related art forms and the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.” Although […]

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