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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 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 for JHS 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 contact JHS Archives at 904.374.0296 or Describe the item(s) in detail so a JHS Archivists 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 curating Merrill House Museum tours, processing archival collections, research, office administration, community outreach and event management. Contact us through our online Volunteer Portal or call us at the office to get started – 904.665.0064.

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) non-profit organization, and donations to the Society are tax-deductible.

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