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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?

Touchdown Jacksonville! Celebrating the Jaguars NFL Franchise
Aug 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrate the Jaguars NFL franchise 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.

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 – 11:30 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.

Merrill House Docent Training
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

If you love historic buildings and telling stories, we need you to help us tell the Merrill Family story!  Docents are needed year-round to lead small-to-medium sized group tours of the two-story 1879 Merrill House. You can regale visitors in the life and times of the James E. Merrill family.  During December, there are frequent requests for tours from Gingerbread Extravaganza visitors.  If you would like to share your time and talent, join us for Docent Training Friday, October 4,  9am – 11am.

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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