At the Jacksonville Historical Society, we’re making history every day. Our monthly Speakers Series offers in-depth information on surprising and diverse aspects of our city’s past, and our fun Pop Up events are designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own back yard. Throughout the year, we also lead countless school groups on “insider tours” of our city’s most significant landmarks and events. Why don’t you join us?
If you love historic buildings and telling stories, we need you to help us tell the Merrill Family story! Docents are needed year-round to lead small-to-medium sized group tours of the two-story 1879 Merrill House. You can regale visitors in the life and times of the James E. Merrill family. During December, there are frequent requests for tours from Gingerbread Extravaganza visitors. If you would like to share your time and talent, join us for Docent Training Friday, October 4, 9am – 11am.
Celebrate the 20th Annual Pumpkin Run in your best costume as we run or walk through the beautiful, historic Evergreen Cemetery. Sponsored again this year by Evergreen Cemetery and 1st Place sports, run proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Historical Society.
Guest speaker, Clarence Gooden, will lead this tribute to the legacy of the Jacksonville Terminal.
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J. F. Bryan IV, former President of Independent Life Insurance, will describe the evolution of the insurance industry in Northeast Florida and its lasting impact on the region.
JHS Members receive free admissions to programs. A donation of $10 per person is suggested for non-members. Parking is available in the lot behind Old St. Andrews Church.
Commemorating Black History Month, the Jacksonville Historical Society will present “Florida’s First Historically Black College: 154 Years of Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College” at its February Speaker Series event, Monday, Feb. 3. Social hour 6 p.m., speaker 7 p.m. at the Milne Auditorium on the campus. The talk by Dr. David Jamison will explore how changes over time at Edward Waters also reflected broader social changes occurring over the same time in Jacksonville.
Past JHS Executive Director Emily R. Lisska will share insights about remarkable women in North Florida History at a Lunch & Learn event during Women’s History Month. Doors open at 11 a.m., lecture begins at noon. Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Box lunches must be reserved; details to follow.
The Honorable Brian J. Davis, United States District Court Judge, will be the guest speaker at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s April Speaker Series program. Davis’ topic will focus on Joseph E. Lee, Jacksonville’s first black lawyer. The event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by Judge Davis at 7 p.m. Free to JHS members; $10 suggested donation for non-members.