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Why St. Augustine’s history is important to Jacksonville

Celebrate 450! by Taryn Rodriguez-Boette When Pedro Menéndez de Avilés sighted the coast of Florida on the 28th of August of 1565, the peninsula of Florida had been part of the Spanish Empire for 52 years. In 1513 Juan Ponce de León had claimed the land he called Florida for Spain. During that first voyage […]

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Jeremy Graf

Not all volunteers at the Jacksonville Historical Society are retired! As a matter of fact, some of our volunteers are quite young! Meet Jeremy Graf, 24, a Jacksonville native and computer whisperer par excellence! Jeremy began interning at the JHS Archives in January 2015, just as the first quarter of the Cultural Council Grant was […]

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The Ultimate “Year of the River” Account

450 Year-Old Story Kicks off Program Season September 21 As the fall nears, the agenda turns to an active program season. It all kicks off with a unique September program offering on Monday, September 21. In fact, so unique, the JHS will offer two performances of It Came to Pass on the Banks of this River during […]

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Remembering our members

“Bud” Hayden was a devoted member who “made all the difference” Calvin Earl “Bud” Hayden, a native of Jacksonville, died May 2, at age 72. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Branch Hayden. Bud was a devoted member of the Jacksonville Historical Society, and, in fact, provided a generous gift to […]

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Joann Purdie

Joann’s efforts have been crucial to sustain the JHS Joann Purdie serves the Historical Society quietly, yet her projects and successes are big. For five years she has captured the board meeting record as secretary and Executive Board member — no simple task. In addition, for the past three years, Joann has served at the […]

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