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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.

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JHS Offices Closed – Merry Christmas!
Dec 24 – Dec 25 all-day

The Jacksonville Historical Society Offices and the Gingerbread Extravaganza will be closed December 24-25th for Christmas. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and we will see you when we come back!

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.

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