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February 23rd Program: Civil Rights Struggles

Civil Rights Struggles, from the beach to the Courthouse Please note the time change: Reception: 6pm Program: 630pm This observation of Black History Month connects Jacksonville to some of the Civil Rights era’s most pivotal events, which took place in Northeast Florida. Demonstrations in St. Augustine, led by giants of history such as Dr. Martin […]

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Wednesday, January 18 Program: The History of Florida Broadcasting

When: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 Where: Old St. Andrews Time: 630pm Reception; 7pm Program The January program at Old St. Andrew’s features former broadcaster Donn R. Colee, Jr., author of Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting. Towers in the Sand is the only comprehensive history of Florida’s broadcasting industry 1922-2016. The book explores the people, […]

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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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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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