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Ed Booth, Jr.

New JHS President is longtime history advocate Ed Booth, Jr. Newly elected Jacksonville Historical Society President Edward M. Booth Jr., a longtime local history advocate, and a former JHS Vice-President began his term on May 28, 2015. Previously, he lead JHS efforts to save local landmarks through an endangered structures program that garnered considerable media […]

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Board Member Extraordinaire

Robert Hennigar He’s a pilot, diver, actor, and technology expert. Renaissance man and new Historical Society board member, Robert Hennigar, grew up in pristine central Maine. In fact, he remained in the state until his graduation from the University of Maine with a degree in electrical engineering.  It’s where he met his wife, Tosha, also […]

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JHS 450th exhibit and 15 others honored by Preservation Commission

Jacksonville Historical Society was honored by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission on May 7 for outstanding achievement in heritage education. More specifically, the society was recognized for its June 2014 event and exhibit at City Hall to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the French settlement of La Caroline. The week long exhibit included original artwork […]

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Would you like to be a volunteer docent?

You are invited to become part of the society’s great volunteer team by becoming a docent for the Merrill House History Museum. We are eagerly seeking new guides who can help interpret the turn-of-the-century lifestyle that is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights an era of limited electricity and plumbing. With […]

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The glories of a Jacksonville winter…black history month and the physical reminders of the past…

A spectacular North Florida February reminds us of the glories of “wintering” in Jacksonville.  As Jacksonville residents, warm wintery days often take center stage when analyzing area history.  This current February leaves little doubt why Jacksonville at one time was one of nation’s great winter tourist destinations.  While weather records indicate occasional North Florida freezes, […]

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Merrill Museum House Tours!

Experience Jacksonville at the turn of the 20th century! The James E. Merrill House, a fully furnished home, depicts life in  Jacksonville in 1903. The best kept example of 19th century Queen Anne – Eastlake Victorian home is furnished as the Merrill’s and other middle class Jacksonville families would have lived at that time. This house, […]

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