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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?

Oct
27
Sun
2013
Halloween at the Casket Factory!
Oct 27 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Halloween at the Casket Factory! @ The Florida Casket Factory | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

On Saturday October 26, 2013, the Jacksonville Historical Society will stage what will surely be the greatest Halloween party in Jacksonville’s history. It will take place at the Casket Factory, a mysterious old brick building on the edge of downtown. It is 15,000 square feet, partially covered with vines, and thought by many to be haunted.

This event is a fund-raiser to support the restoration and maintenance of Old St. Luke’s Hospital, a National Register landmark constructed in 1878 and owned by the Jacksonville Historical Society.  Old St. Luke’s and the Casket Factory are located at 314 Palmetto Street, adjacent to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The party will include live bands, outstanding food, libations, dancing, a costume contest, performers, and a frightful Labyrinth of Terror. At midnight, the winner of the Totally Amazing Costume Contest will be announced, with prizes valued at $1,000.

Everyone must have a costume to enter.

 

The party will include three areas:

Casket Factory 3rd floor – live band, dancing, costume contest, social gathering, bar

Casket Factory 2nd floor – The Labyrinth of Terror, food tables, lounges

Lawn – large circus tent, with bar and performers

Attendance: Open to the public; limited to 500 people; must be 21 or older, with proper ID

Price: $48.50 per person [price includes two drink tickets]

Entertainment: Bands and a variety of performers, t.b.a.

Beer & Wine: Adult libations

Food: Gourmet bites from 15 fine local restaurants

Parking: On the casket factory grounds and at the city parking lot across the street

The Totally Amazing Costume Contest: the winner will be announced at midnight, with prizes valued at $1,000.

The Jacksonville Historical Society: a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1929. $25 of the price of each ticket may be considered a tax-deductible contribution.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Halloween Party at the Casket Factory
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 1:00 am
Halloween Party at the Casket Factory @ The Casket Factory | Jacksonville | Florida | United States

Join us Oct. 24th for Chills and Thrills!

On Friday October 24, 2014, the Jacksonville Historical Society will stage the second annual Halloween Party in the Casket Factory, following up on its 2013 success as the greatest Halloween party in Jacksonville’s history. It will take place once again at the Casket Factory, a mysterious old brick building on the edge of downtown. It is 15,000 square feet, partially covered with vines, and thought by many to be haunted.

This event is a fund-raiser to support the restoration and maintenance of Old St. Luke’s Hospital, a National Register landmark constructed in 1878 and owned by the Jacksonville Historical Society. Old St. Luke’s and the Casket Factory are located at 314 Palmetto Street, adjacent to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The party will include live music (including Mama Blue!) and entertainment, outstanding food bites (9pm -10:30pm); Food trucks will provide inexpenisve food options after 10:30pm), libations, dancing, a costume contest, and performers! At midnight, the winner of the Totally Amazing Costume Contest will be announced! Our theme for this year’s party is Haunted Hospital! Buy your tickets today on Eventbrite.

FAQs

What is included in my ticket?
$25 donation to the Jacksonville Historical Society’s Archival Repository, Old St. Luke’s Hospital and the Florida Casket Factory. The remaining $20 gets you into the party, two (2) free drink tickets, a Halloween Party drink koozie, entrance into the Haunted Hospital, food bites from 9PM – 10:30PM, and a chance to win the Totally Awesome Costume Contest (prizes valued at more than $500!).

What about food after 10:30PM?
After all free food bites have been gobbled up, at least two (2) locally fantastic food trucks will be on site to provide inexpensive food options.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes! You must be 21 and up to come to the party. We will be checking IDs.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
jaxcasketfactory@jaxhistory.com
info@jaxhistory.com
904.665.0064

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking will be located at Parking Lot Z (in the Sports Complex) on Duval Street and on Palmetto Street, across from Old St. Luke’s Hospital.

Jun
9
Tue
2015
The Rising Sun in the Sunshine State: Japanese Pioneers in Jacksonville Beach
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Takami Oishi Omaye Family Members.

 

Exhibit Opening at the Jacksonville Public Library: Beaches Branch

A new history exhibit will open at the Beaches Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library on Tuesday June 9, 2015 at 6pm.

This exhibit, created by Elsie Oishi — a vital part of the Jacksonville Historical Society’s volunteer team as the society’s expert genealogist– and REALM Consulting, tells the story of Tokutaro Takami, his family and his friends. The Takami family arrived from Japan at the turn of the 20th century. They settled in Duval County, bought property, invested in businesses, educated their children, served in the military and became an integral part of the American Dream.

The story is told by Elsie Jun Oishi, Tokutaro’s granddaughter. Her interest in her family’s history started in 1988 after she read an article about the Japanese community in Duval County. It took her 25 years to research her family and realized that her family was the first Japanese family in Duval County.

The exhibit opening is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through the Summer.

THE JACKSONVILLE HISTORY CENTER