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An update from the Jacksonville Historical Society regarding the current health crisis

Dear Members and Friends of the Jacksonville Historical Society:

With our country now nearly two months under shelter-at-home orders that are beginning to be relaxed, this is to reach out with updates and to share our hopes that you and your loved ones are well. Many of our supporters may be in at-risk age groups and we extend our thoughts and prayers for their well-being.

This has not been an easy time for many businesses, including those in the nonprofit sector. As is the case with many local nonprofits which rely on visitors to provide a share of their revenues, the Jacksonville Historical Society is also feeling the stress of maintaining revenues.

Because of the pandemic, our major spring fundraising event, the Great Fire Run, had to be postponed. The outlook for events, including our monthly Speaker Series programs and Gingerbread Extravaganza, throughout the rest of 2020 is uncertain, at best.

Additionally, our regular sources of income from space rentals at Old St. Andrew’s Church and tours at the Merrill House Museum has temporarily ceased.

As a result, new and renewed memberships and donations will be key to sustaining the JHS over the coming months. As such, if you can find it meaningful to join us as a new member, renew your current or lapsed membership and / or donate, we would appreciate the show of support in sustaining the work we do to educate and inspire the greater Jacksonville community to value its history, by fostering understanding of how the region’s past shapes our present.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, with any questions or concerns, at Thank you for your steadfast support of the Jacksonville Historical Society!

With our best wishes for health,

Alan Bliss, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Frederick H. Kent, III, Esq.
Board Chair

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