Top Navigation


Events banner

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?

2018 Gingerbread Extravaganza: Last Day
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2018 Gingerbread Extravaganza: Last Day @ Old St. Andrews | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

JHS is proud to present this beloved holiday tradition from
November 29 – December 28, 2018

Benefiting the educational programs and archival repository of the Jacksonville Historical Society

Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread creations built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people and other individuals. These tasty creations are placed on display at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena.

The Gingerbread Extravaganza showcases some of the most creative art exhibited during the year in Jacksonville. The 2018 Gingerbread and confection creation theme encompasses Jacksonville Historic landmarks and the wonderful, whimsical spirit of the holidays. Hundreds of hours are required for the construction of these edible structures in order to make amazing sights to behold! Children love to play the scavenger hunt and find items throughout the display.

Joining the Extravaganza each year are Junior League of Jacksonville Sustainers, who create beautifully themed trees that are showcased throughout Old St. Andrews.

General Times
Monday through Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Sundays

* Special Times *
Dec 09, 11:00am – 4:00pm (Sunday) New
Dec 13, Gingerbread by Candlelight 6:00pm – 8:00pm (special evening event)
Dec 17, 11:00am – 8:00pm New
Dec 24 & 25 Closed
Dec 26 & 27, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Dec 28, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Old St. Andrews
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(across the street from Veterans Memorial Arena)
* JHS’s free parking lot is behind the church, and there’s also ample street parking.

Entry Fee:
$10.00 Adults
$3.00 Children 3 and up
* This includes admission to the Merrill House Museum Tour during running tour hours.


For more information regarding this event please see the Gingerbread Extravaganza page.

2018 Gingerbread Pickup
Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Attention Gingerbread Builders

The time has come for the 2018 Gingerbread Extravaganza to come to an end and your Gingerbread Creations do not have to go home but they cannot stay here. They will be available for pick up after 2:00pm on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Old St. Andrews Church. If your creations have not been picked up before 5:00pm they will be kindly disposed of.

If you have any questions you can reach us at (904) 665-0064 or (904) 910-8657.


Pick Up Location: Old St. Andrews Church
317 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA
Pick Up Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

January Lecture – Richard Shieldhouse
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Architectural historian Richard Shieldhouse will speak at the JHS on Thursday evening, January 17, on his new book from the University of Florida Press about Jacksonville architect William Morgan.

Jacksonville: Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels – 1869 to 1926
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please note – this event is being held at St. John’s Cathedral, Taliaferro Hall, 256 East Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

6:00pm Reception

6:30pm JHS Annual Meeting

6:45pm JHS Announcement of 2019 Endangered Historic Sites

7:00pm Jacksonville: Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels – 1869 to 1926

Following the Civil War, Jacksonville became the most attractive winter vacation destination on the nation’s east coast. Throughout America, Jacksonville was known as “The Winter City in a Summer Land.” During the season, the town was filled to capacity with its population doubling. Along with the tourists came great hotels, which were remarkable for their architecture and amenities. Mild winter evenings were filled with orchestra music pouring from the windows of these grand hotels, wafting through streets as visitors promenaded in moonlight.

Well-known historian, civic advocate and JHS board member, Dr. Wayne Wood, will take us on a trip back through time to revisit this amazing era in Jacksonville’s history. Dr. Wood is known for his entertaining insights into Jacksonville’s architecture and history. His program will be heavily illustrated with rarely seen images of the era when our city reigned supreme as the nation’s winter playground. The presentation will also include stories of the large downtown hotels built after the Fire of 1901, such as the Mayflower, George Washington, and Seminole, which still existed until recent decades.

JHS members receive free admissions. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Become a JHS member here.

The JHS Speakers Series is underwritten through the generous support of Retina Associates, Fred H. Lambrou, M.D. and H. Alexander Leder, M.D.

Endangered Historic Properties Luncheon
Jun 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us for this important discussion on our endangered historic properties. Now, more than ever, Jacksonville must chose wisely to protect historic treasures for generations to come.

Dr. Alan Bliss, Executive Director of JHS, will give an in depth evaluation of JHS’s 2019 Endangered Historic Properties and the state of historic preservation in Jacksonville with several experts in this field. DEADLINE TO PURCHASE LUNCH TICKETS IS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12.

The discussion will encompass properties at risk, recent successes, adaptive reuse and best practices in endeavors to preserve our historic treasurers. RESERVATIONS AND TIDBITS LUNCH ORDERS REQUIRED BY Wednesday, June 12.

WHEN: Friday, June 14, 11:30am
WHERE: Old St. Andrews Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
PARKING: Behind church.

Deep Roots, Many Branches: The Blues in Northeast Florida
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019  6:30pm    Old St. Andrews Church

Join us as Mitch Hemann, musician, singer-songwriter and JHS Archivist unleashes his vocal chords and creativity to pay tribute to the legacy of blues in Northeast Florida. From field hollers to the birth of Southern Rock, Jacksonville has played a pivotal role in the formation of Blues music. Mitch Hemann will be your guide on a musical journey that twists and turns its way through more than 100 years of music history, tracing the origins and the evolution of this truly American art form. This unique presentation will feature a combination of speaking and live musical performance.

Salute to the Jax Red Caps
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us as Jacksonville Historical Society and Durkeeville Historical Society share the legacy of the Jax Red Caps and the Negro Baseball League.  Saturday, July 13.
5:00pm – Historical presentation at Old St. Andrews.
6:30pm – Jumbo Shrimp Salute to the Red Caps Game.
Seats reserved in Section 110 along the first baseline. Parking is included in ticket price, and is located in the lots behind Old St. Andrews Church.

Salute to the Jax Red Caps

Touchdown Jacksonville! Winning the NFL Franchise for Jacksonville
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm





More than thirty years ago, Jacksonville’s NFL team existed only in the hopes and dreams of its citizens. Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, a changing cast of determined leaders pursued an NFL franchise. The story of that effort, and of the rebuilding of the old Gator Bowl Stadium to NFL standards, will be the topic on August 27, when Preston Haskell speaks at the Jacksonville Historical Society. This Lunch & Learn program covers the runup to the long-awaited day when our Jacksonville Jaguars began major-league play in the River City.

RESERVATIONS FULL.  $15 Member,  $20 Non-member  Tidbits lunch.

Parking is available in the lot behind Old St. Andrews Church.

The History of the Insurance Industry in Jacksonville: Fueling a Financial Center
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Independent Life – First Headquarters
420 Main Street

J. F. Bryan IV, former President of Independent Life Insurance, will recount the evolution of the insurance industry in Northeast Florida and its lasting impact on the region.

JHS Members receive free admissions to programs.  A donation of $10 per person is suggested for non-members.  Parking is available in the lot behind Old St. Andrews Church.

Gingerbread Builder Workshop
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Get your game on! Learn from the best! This is your chance to swoop the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza.  With the techniques and advice of expert builders, you will swim through the construction of your gingerbread creation, and successfully deliver your creation to Old St. Andrews before Thanksgiving!

Don’t miss this fantastic workshop 9:00am to 11:00am Saturday, September 14 at Old St. Andrews Church.  Parking is available behind the church. REGISTRATION AT TICKET LINK.

If you have any questions about submitting a creation to the 2019 Gingerbread Extravaganza, call us at 904-665-0064.

Copyright © 2019 by Jacksonville Historical Society