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Independent Life Insurance Building was built in 1955. The wide base was designed to accommodate the very large computers and printers of that era.

Jacksonville: formerly “The Hartford of the South”

JF Bryan IV recounts the history of the insurance industry at Speaker Series event Over 70 members of the Jacksonville Historical Society and other guests gathered Jan. 23 at Old St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Jacksonville to hear the story of the rise and decline of insurance companies which were headquartered in the city. The […]

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Collage of photos of Black musicians

Deep Roots, Many Branches

The Blues in Northeast Florida The Southern Genealogists’ Exchange Society cordially invites you to take a musical journey with JHS Senior Archivist Mitch Hemann — musician/singer/songwriter by avocation — at the Mandarin Branch Library, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. The library is located at 3330 Kori Road, near the intersection of San Jose Blvd. and […]

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Jacksonville Terminal

Remembering life on the railways

            “My daddy was a railroad man,” said Peggy Harrell Jennings of Ortega. “My father, A.C. Harrell, worked for Seaboard Air Line, then Seaboard Coastline Railways when they merged, for about 30 years. He retired sometime in the late 1980s and passed on in 1992. He was a trainman, brakeman and sometimes a conductor.”             […]

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17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza

Experience over fifty gingerbread creations, take the Scavenger Hunt challenge, vote for the Peoples’ Choice Awards, tour the Historic Merrill House and more at “one of the most creative shows in Jacksonville!” Continue reading here for dates and details.

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November Program: Jacksonville Terminal Centennial Tribute

Hear ye, hear ye! The Jacksonville Terminal is turning 100! Please join us as rail industry veteran and retired CSX President, Clarence Gooden, pays tribute to this icon of Jacksonville’s social, cultural and economic heritage. Once the largest rail terminal in the South, the Jacksonville Terminal transported millions of passengers over 55 years, until the last passenger train departed in 1974. Join us to celebrate the memories and history of this grand transportation center! RSVP requested at attached link.

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Holiday Party Reservations

Reserve Old St. Andrews for your Holiday Party Reward your clients or staff with a Holiday Party in Old St. Andrews surrounded by the 17th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza regalia! Turnkey or ala carte formats available, including catering, audio/visual equipment, music, wait staff, bartending, passed hors d’oeuvres and parking. Request a date at the link above […]

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October Program: Cemeteries As Outdoor Museums

Cemeteries as Outdoor Museums Wednesday, October 23 – 6:30pm Cemeteries are valuable places of learning and are a largely underutilized type of outdoor history. Join the Jacksonville Historical Society in collaboration with the Florida Public Archaeology Network as we explore the lessons and history we can discover at our historic cemeteries. Emily Jane Murray, M.A., […]

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