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At the Jacksonville Historical Society, we’re making history every day. Our monthly Speakers Series offers in-depth information on surprising and diverse aspects of our city’s past, and our fun Pop Up events are designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own back yard. Throughout the year, we also lead countless school groups on “insider tours” of our city’s most significant landmarks and events. Why don’t you join us?

September Lecture Series “Jacksonville’s City / County Consolidation: A Perspective at Fifty Years”
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

September’s Lecture Series at the Jacksonville Historical Society will feature Dr. James Crooks, author and historian, speaking on “Fifty Years of Jacksonville’s Consolidated Government”.

On September 20, the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Speaker Series Program will host James Crooks, speaking on the 50th Anniversary of Jacksonville’s consolidated local government. In the 1960s, other Florida cities tried to adopt the model used here in Jacksonville. Why did they fail? Consolidation is one of Jacksonville’s most distinctive characteristics, setting it apart from most cities of a similar size. At fifty years in, what can be said about its record and its prospects?

Dr. James B. Crooks is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Florida. He is the author of two scholarly books about modern Jacksonville, one of which, Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, From Civil Rights to the Jaguars, will be available for purchase at this month’s event. Dr. Crooks’ record of community engagement is known throughout Jacksonville, and this year he is serving as a key member of the Consolidation Anniversary Task Force, convened by the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Social half-hour with light refreshments begins at 6:30 PM.
The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Location: Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Boulevard
Free parking on site and security will be on duty.

The JHS Speaker Series is underwritten by Retina Associates – Fred H. Lambrou, Jr., M.D. and H. Alexander Leder, M.D.

2018 Gingerbread Extravaganza Builder’s Workshop
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Calling All Gingerbread Builders!

The Jacksonville Historical Society is holding the 2018 Gingerbread Builder Workshop Saturday, September 29th from 10:00am – 12:00am and the Old St. Andrew’s, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. We highly recommend Builders to attend the workshop but are not required to attend the workshop in order to participate in the event. We are happy that our Gingerbread Builder Veterans E.J. McIntyre and Sara Aicher have agreed to lead this workshop, sharing their tips and tricks to creating a gingerbread entry that will last.

As a reminder, the Gingerbread Builder Permit form submissions are due Thursday, September 27th and the creations are to be delivered to the Old St. Andrews either Monday, November 26, 12:00pm – 4:00pm or Tuesday, November 27, 8:00am – 3:00pm. We hope that those of you who have shown an interest in participating in this event for 2018 have submitted your Builder Permit form and are busy planning your wonderful creations.

Please RSVP for the Builder Workshop with our office at (904) 665-0064 or email

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