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Would you like to be a volunteer docent?

You are invited to become part of the society’s great volunteer team by becoming a docent for the Merrill House History Museum. We are eagerly seeking new guides who can help interpret the turn-of-the-century lifestyle that is showcased in this elaborately decorated family home that also highlights an era of limited electricity and plumbing. With […]

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A. Philip Randolph: Celebrating a Jacksonville Legend

A. Philip Randolph was one of the most influential African American leaders of the twentieth century, and arguably one of the most historically important figures ever to emerge from Jacksonville. An outspoken advocate for equality, Randolph took a leading role in efforts to expose unfair working conditions as well as discrimination in the armed forces; his leadership was critical to the […]

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A Remarkable Gift: Delores Barr Weaver’s grant in perpetuity begins in 2015

Delores Barr Weaver recently announced a remarkable gift to the Jacksonville Historical Society and 19 other area organizations. Beginning in 2015, the society along with the other non-profit groups will receive an annual $10,000 grant in perpetuity. For the Historical Society, the grant punctuates two decades of generous support by Mrs. Weaver. The innovative grant […]

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The glories of a Jacksonville winter…black history month and the physical reminders of the past…

A spectacular North Florida February reminds us of the glories of “wintering” in Jacksonville.  As Jacksonville residents, warm wintery days often take center stage when analyzing area history.  This current February leaves little doubt why Jacksonville at one time was one of nation’s great winter tourist destinations.  While weather records indicate occasional North Florida freezes, […]

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People’s Choice Winners

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea*, inspired by the famous Jules Verne novel, was the far-and-away winner of the People’s Choice award at JHS’s 12th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza, which concluded December 23, 2014. This was the vote cast by people who attended the Extravaganza and were asked to select their favorite gingerbread house/creation. Built by […]

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