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The nave at Old St. Andrews.

JHS Lecture Series

JHS presents free monthly lectures on a diverse range of historical subjects, each presented by speakers of note, including historians, dramatists, experts and artistic presenters. Annually, the series includes ten to fifteen major program opportunities. The subjects are diverse and highlight North Florida history. Most of the presentations involve multimedia with presenters. The lectures are held at the society’s headquarters, Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. (across Veterans Memorial Arena).


Members and their guests are invited to join us a for a small reception before each lecture. Information about upcoming lectures may be found on our event page.

The 2013 series included the topics, William B. Astor, Kr. and the Founding of the Florida Yacht Club; The History of Florida Courthouses; Reflections and Memoirs of Ninah May Holden Cummer; Myths and Realities: Or How Many Years Does It Take To Get the Ponce de Leon Story Right? (buy book); Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State;  Exploring the First Coast’s Culinary Heritage (buy book); Charting Jacksonville’s Seaport History; Malice Aforethought: A History of Murder in Jacksonville; Escape from Castro’s Cuba: Jacksonville’s Refuge for Children.

The 2014 series included Tom Shed’s History, Humor and the Human Compassion; Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville (buy book); Life and Death at Windover: Excavations of a 20,000 Year Old Pond Cemetery; Zephaniah Kingsley, Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator (buy book); A History of Significance: The Maple Leaf; The Jacksonville Time Machine: A Futuristic View into the Past; Where is Ft. Caroline, Anyway?: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Fort Caroline’s Location; Dora: Direct Hit (watch); Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: 100 Years New (buy book); Eartha White and the Healing of the South (buy book).

The 2015 series included the topics, Spies, Schemes and the Sons of Liberty: The Shadier Side of East and West Florida during the American Revolution (buy book); Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine (buy book); Mary Nolan: Jacksonville Suffragette and her Night of Terror; Mining for Florida History: All Buried Treasure is Not Owned by Pirates!; It Came to Pass on the Banks of this River; The Mad Atlas of Virginia King (buy book); The Ten Most Amazing People for Jacksonville (You likely never heard of).

The 2016 series included the topics Historic Jacksonville Theatre Palaces, Drive-Ins and Movie Houses (buy book); Ribault to Revolution: Shipwreck Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse; Florida’s War: The Untold Story of Northeast Florida’s Role in the Spanish-American War; Jacksonville: Rail Gateway to Florida (watch); The History of Jacksonville’s Jewish Community; Florida Founder William P. DuVal: Frontier Bon Vivant (watch/buy book); Elvis Has Left the Building: The 60th Anniversary of the King at the Florida Theatre (watch); Banned in Jacksonville: What Book Are You Missing? 

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