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The Ultimate “Year of the River” Account

450 Year-Old Story Kicks off Program Season September 21 As the fall nears, the agenda turns to an active program season. It all kicks off with a unique September program offering on Monday, September 21. In fact, so unique, the JHS will offer two performances of It Came to Pass on the Banks of this River during […]

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Remembering our members

“Bud” Hayden was a devoted member who “made all the difference” Calvin Earl “Bud” Hayden, a native of Jacksonville, died May 2, at age 72. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Branch Hayden. Bud was a devoted member of the Jacksonville Historical Society, and, in fact, provided a generous gift to […]

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Joann Purdie

Joann’s efforts have been crucial to sustain the JHS Joann Purdie serves the Historical Society quietly, yet her projects and successes are big. For five years she has captured the board meeting record as secretary and Executive Board member — no simple task. In addition, for the past three years, Joann has served at the […]

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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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A. Philip Randolph: Celebrating a Jacksonville Legend

A. Philip Randolph was one of the most influential African American leaders of the twentieth century, and arguably one of the most historically important figures ever to emerge from Jacksonville. An outspoken advocate for equality, Randolph took a leading role in efforts to expose unfair working conditions as well as discrimination in the armed forces; his leadership was critical to the […]

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A Remarkable Gift: Delores Barr Weaver’s grant in perpetuity begins in 2015

Delores Barr Weaver recently announced a remarkable gift to the Jacksonville Historical Society and 19 other area organizations. Beginning in 2015, the society along with the other non-profit groups will receive an annual $10,000 grant in perpetuity. For the Historical Society, the grant punctuates two decades of generous support by Mrs. Weaver. The innovative grant […]

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