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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?

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.

Presentation and light snacks:  5:00pm

Jumbo Shrimp Salute to the Red Caps Game 6:30pm

Parking is included in ticket price, and is located in the lots behind Old St. Andrews Church.

Winning Football in Jacksonville: Celebrating 25 Years With The Jaguars
Aug 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrate 25 years of the Jaguars franchise with us as guest speaker and franchise investor, Preston Haskell, recounts the beginnings of the Jaguars in Jacksonville and their impact on our community.

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.

Legacy 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 – 11:30 am

Learn from experienced builders and artists!  Get state of the art tips and techniques to make you a successful builder.  All Builders welcomed. RSVP requested.  

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.

20th Annual Pumpkin Run
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Celebrate the 20th Annual Pumpkin Run in your best costume as we run or walk through the beautiful, historic Evergreen Cemetery.  Sponsored again this year by Evergreen Cemetery and 1st Place sports, run proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Historical Society.

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