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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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Update: Window displays at City Hall awarded 2017 Historic Preservation Award

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s City Hall windows project will receive a 2017 Jacksonville Historic Preservation Award for its coordination of history displays in the Duval Street windows at City Hall. Also awarded are the Dukeeville Historical Society, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Mandarin Community Club, San Marco Preservation, and the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives. […]

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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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