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JHS Office closed to public

Requests will be handled via phone or email In continuing to adapt to developments related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Jacksonville Historical Society’s facilities, including the archives and research library, are closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18th. This closure will continue until further notice. As soon as normal operations resume, research appointments can […]

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The Great Fire Run Jacksonville Historical Society May 2, 2020

Great Fire Run to be rescheduled

Due to health and life safety concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Jacksonville Historical Society has prudently made the decision to reschedule the race for sometime in October. Stay tuned in coming weeks for more details! Fanning the flames for the Great Fire Run! 5K and 1 Mile Race to benefit Jacksonville Historical Society. The […]

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Reminiscent of the 1920s when the Florida Casket Company erected its three-story casket factory, this old typewriter sits sentinel on the second floor, awaiting demolition in preparation for renovation.

Council approves funding request

Jacksonville City Council votes 16-1 in favor of appropriation bill to help Casket Factory building renovation Thanks to 16 of 19 City of Jacksonville Councilmembers, wheels are in motion for help from City Council to fund the $300,000 renovation campaign to establish a state-of-the-art archival processing and storage facility at the Jacksonville Historical Society. On […]

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Black History Hidden in Plain Sight

Since acquiring the photo collection of the Florida Times-Union, we have spent considerable time working with its rich and diverse materials. Whether it’s a national media outlet in need of a photo of a young Hank Aaron, or preparations for our recent Speaker Series program at Edward Waters College, we enjoy any opportunity to go […]

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City of Jacksonville funding for Casket Factory

Thanks to City Council President Scott Wilson and At-Large Council Member Matt Carlucci, the Jacksonville Historical Society’s campaign to pay for renovations to its century-old Florida Casket Company building may receive significant help from the Council’s reserve. On February 26, City Council heard public comments on Bill 2020-115, an appropriation of $35,000 from the City […]

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The Aging of Urban Churches

In recent months, Jacksonville’s historic buildings have been a lively topic in the public discourse. The attention drawn by the demolition of Fire Station #5, on Riverside Avenue, as well as that of a group of houses in the Cathedral District, has raised awareness and sensitivity to the future of old buildings. The conversation promises […]

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Kingsley Heritage Celebration 2020

As a member of the Jacksonville History Consortium, it pleases the Jacksonville Historical Society to promote this partner event, presented by the Timucuan Parks Foundation and the National Park Service. On February 15 and 22, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, will host Kingsley Heritage Celebration at Kingsley Plantation. […]

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