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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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Window displays at City Hall highlight our history

During the last few days of the calendar year, Jacksonville Historical Society staff and volunteers could be found in City Hall’s Duval Street windows installing vignettes that showcase area history and history sites. City Council President Lori Boyer invited the society to coordinate the project for the five large windows facing Hemming Park. President Boyer […]

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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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Board member Lisa Sheppard offers special background

Lisa Sheppard is a Senior Historic Preservation Planner with the City of Jacksonville, Florida. She has worked with the City’s Planning and Development Department for 18 years. After receiving her BA from the University of North Florida, she attended Savannah College of Art and Design for Historic Preservation post-graduate studies where she researched the issue […]

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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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