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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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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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