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Historic Dedication: Fort Hatch

A JHS February Co-sponsored Event Did you know there used to be a wall around Jacksonville? During the Civil War, the Union army built a wall around the then, much smaller city of Jacksonville. Its purpose was to defend the important port city from further attack by the Confederate army. Ft. Hatch was an important […]

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Jacksonville’s Jews: We Really Mean Business

Join the Jacksonville Historical Society, for Jacksonville’s Jews: We Really Mean Business. Thursday, January 18th Reception at 6:30pm Program at 7pm. For about a century—from the post antebellum era to the 1960s or so—the communal experience of Jews in the South was largely defined by the mercantile role that they played on the Main Streets […]

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The JHS seeks preservation grant for its 1878 St. Luke’s

The Jacksonville Historical Society has applied for a preservation grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to help restore much of the exterior of its National Register Site, St. Luke’s Hospital on Palmetto Street. If awarded, the grant provides funds to restore parts of the building’s envelope including all porches, railings, columns and many […]

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JHS announces 2017 list of the area’s Most Endangered Properties

On June 15, 2017, the Jacksonville Historical Society released its annual “Most Endangered Buildings” list to draw attention to the plight of significant historical structures that are in danger of being lost because of neglect, development pressures and/or demolition. The purpose of selecting the most imperiled structures is to increase the public’s awareness of the […]

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Historical Society is awarded state grant to record immigrant stories

The Jacksonville Historical Society was awarded a state grant last week to record stories of immigrants to Northeast Florida. The project, The Melting Pot: The Diverse Cultures of Northeast Florida, proposed by the JHS a year ago to the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, will receive $11,500 in funding to record immigrant histories. Oral histories […]

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The Jacksonville Historical Society celebrates 88 years!

It was no mistake when the society’s founders selected May 3, 1929, as the organization’s initial meeting date. May 3, 2017, marks 88 years for the Jacksonville Historical Society. The society shares the important May 3, date with the anniversary of the Great Fire of 1901. Looking back to the society’s 1929 founding year, the […]

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RSVP for April 20th Program: Andrew Jackson in Florida

Join the Jacksonville Historical Society and co-sponsor, The Hermitage, on April 20th for a 6:30pm reception and book signing, followed by a 7pm program with authors and speakers, Dr. Sherry Johnson and Dr. James G. Cusick. Andrew Jackson is one of the most controversial figures in Florida history. He invaded Pensacola, the capital of Spanish-controlled […]

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March Program! Florida’s Fleet: A Shrimping Legacy from the First Coast

The Jacksonville Historical Society and Brendan Burke, author and underwater archaeologist with the St. Augustine Historical Society and Museum‘s research center LAMP, will present a program on Florida’s Fleet: A Shrimping Legacy from the First Coast on Thursday, March 30th beginning with a reception at 6:30pm followed by the program at 7pm. During the early […]

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