Support the Jacksonville History Center


A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.  Marcus Garvey 1887 – 1940

The Jacksonville Historical Society, doing business as the Jacksonville History Center, was established in 1929 to preserve and share the cultural and historic records of  Duval County. As time quickly marches on, these preserved records reveal the rich and diverse legacies of our community. The support of businesses, individuals and members is necessary to pursue this mission.

You can give online, by mail or by phone – gifts by check, credit card and money order; in the form of securities, life insurance and real estate; as bequests and from qualified retirement plans. Donors may also make a tribute or memorial gift to honor a special person or event. Donations by individuals, corporations, and foundations are important to continue the work of JHS.

Since its founding, the Jacksonville Historical Society has acquired 98% of its artifact collection through donations. Many families, individuals and businesses choose to donate historic records to JHS to be preserved, shared and studied for generations to come. Objects accepted include photographs, scrapbooks, print material, personal or business records and personal or business artifacts. To donate an item(s), please send an email to and describe the item(s) in detail so our archivist can determine its appropriateness to be accessioned into the permanent collection.

Volunteers are the backbone of the Jacksonville Historical Society. They inspire us with their energy, resourcefulness and creativity. JHS is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers. If you can devote a few hours a week, contact us to discuss the best fit for your talents. Volunteer needs at JHS include conducting Merrill House Museum tours, processing archival collections, assisting with research inquiries, office administration, community outreach and event coordination. Click here for our online volunteer form or call us at 904.665.0064 to get started.

o better assure the future of the Jacksonville Historical Society and History Center,  gifts to our recently-established endowment, held in trust and managed by the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, will hopefully grow to a level that yields reliable, meaningful income to the Historical Society. Donating to the JHS’s endowment with the Community Foundation is more than investment in this organization – it is an investment in Jacksonville’s future. When Jacksonville’s people better understand their history, their sense of citizenship is strengthened and so is their engagement with the city’s future. That is our mission, and that is why we receive critical support from across the community.

Donations to the Jacksonville Historical Society’s endowment fund can be made at any time, through outright gifts, bequests or planned giving. Can you help us?

Go to and hover over Donors, then click on Donate to an Existing Fund.

Click on Give to an Existing Fund.

Enter “Historical” into the Search box labeled Fund Description Required.

Click on the resulting link Jacksonville Historical Society Endowment.

Complete the form online.

By Mail
To send your donation via check, make it out to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and indicate Jacksonville Historical Society Endowment in the memo line.

Mail the check to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, 245 Riverside Avenue, Ste. 310, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

You can also contact your banking institution to request a wire transfer. If you have questions about the endowment fund, please contact John Zell, vice president of development at the Community Foundation: or 904.356.4483.

Through your estate and financial planning, you may leave an enduring legacy to support the work and mission of the Jacksonville Historical Society. Information about planned giving to the JHS is available here.

The Jacksonville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations to the organization are tax-deductible.