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Charting Jacksonville’s Seaport History

Join us for September 26, 2013 for a presentation by Alan Bliss, PhD., who will chart Jacksonville’s Seaport History.

As a riverport, a seaport, and a Navy town, the sea has defined Jacksonville over centuries. At the University of North Florida, Dr. Alan Bliss teaches maritime history emphasizing Jacksonville’s experience. In this presentation, he will show how maritime commerce has shaped and reshaped Jacksonville. From square riggers to paddle wheelers to container ships, our city’s economy has depended on its waterfront. Twenty-first century Jacksonvilleans see only glimpses of their city’s working waterfront, but it is as influential today as ever.

When & Where:

Thursday, August 26, 2013
at Old St. Andrew’s
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Reception at 6:30 p.m. — Program at 7 p.m.

Dr. Alan J. Bliss

Bliss, Alan JAlan Bliss is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, with roots in Tampa, Florida. Before returning to higher education, he was a Florida real estate broker, appraiser, and property manager. He has also worked as a commercial mariner, and is an experienced offshore sailor.

He has won numerous awards, including the Leland Hawes Prize in Florida History, Tampa Bay History Center / Florida Studies Center at the University of South Florida, 2005, and the Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship, Florida Studies Center at the University of South Florida, 2004.

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