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Deep Roots, Many Branches: The Blues in Northeast Florida

We invite you to join us as Mitch Hemann, musician, singer-songwriter and JHS Archivist presents the origins and evolution of the Blues in Northeast Florida. From field hollers to the birth of Southern Rock, Jacksonville has played an important role in the formation of Blues music. Mitch Hemann will be your guide on a musical […]

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Jacksonville: Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels: 1869 to 1926

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00pm Reception 6:30pm JHS Annual Meeting and Announcements 6:45pm 2019 Endangered Properties Report 7:00pm Jacksonville: Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels: 1869 to 1926 Where: St. John’s Cathedral, Taliaferro Hall, 256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Well-known historian, civic advocate and JHS board member, Dr. Wayne Wood, will take […]

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Volunteer Open House!

Channel your inner volunteer with JHS! Meet staff & volunteers, get a tour of our historical properties and information on volunteer opportunities. Our goal is to match your skills and interests with JHS projects. Lunch will be provided. SIGN UP AT EVENTBRITE. Volunteer opportunities are available in traditional archival services, office administration, membership administration, event […]

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Recovering Manhattan Beach

On February 25, 2019, Brittany Cohill, of the Beaches Museum, will share the history of Manhattan Beach with us. The memory of Florida’s first African American beach resort in the segregated South is eroding with time. With no visible evidence remaining of a once-vibrant coastal retreat, “Recovering Manhattan Beach” uses archival sources, oral histories, and […]

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Old St. Andrews Open House

Calling all brides and event planners!  You are invited to an Open House at Old St. Andrews Church on Saturday, March 2nd, between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. This 1888 structure has become an iconic and convenient destination for many weddings and events. The event is hosted by Events Coordinator, Jade Stanley, of All About You Staffing. […]

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RIP City Hall

On the morning of January 20, JHS Archivist Mitch Hemann, board member Harry Reagan and Executive Director Alan Bliss represented the Jacksonville Historical Society at a gathering to witness the implosion of Jacksonville’s old (ca. 1960) City Hall. The observation event was attended by numerous past and present city officials, and we recorded brief remarks […]

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The Remarkable Merrill House

The Merrill House, built in 1886 by Jacksonville Shipbuilder James Merrill, was happy to have its walls warmed up by the enthusiastic members of the Jean Ribault Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently. Docents, Nancy Gandy and Holly Hamrick, shared the turn of the century lifestyle with the group. Weekday tours of […]

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Speaker Series: William Morgan, An Evolution of an Architect

William Morgan (1930–2016) was a bold, innovative, and highly imaginative architect known internationally for fusing ancient and modern styles and for his early championing of green design principles. In his extensively illustrated book, William Morgan: Evolution of an Architect, Richard Shieldhouse traces Morgan’s life story and the development of his singular design vision. Exploring Morgan’s […]

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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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