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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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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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