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Speaker Series Fall 2023 Lineup

Scott Matthews is a professor of history at Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he teaches courses on American history, including a new course on the history of Jacksonville. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. His first book, Capturing the South: Imagining America’s Most Documented Region, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2018. It examines the history of documentary expression, including photography, film, ethnography, and field recordings, in the American South during the 20th century. A third-generation Jacksonville native, Dr. Matthews lives in Atlantic Beach. 

This event is one of a series of author talks on the Florida Carpenter Gothic Episcopal churches featured in the book. The November 9 event will be a combined annual meeting for the Jacksonville Historical Society and author talk about Spires in the Sun, and will be held at St. John’s Cathedral in Taliaferro Hall in partnership with the Diocese of Florida. There will be a meet and greet and book signing before and after the author talk with Jonathan Rich and Phil Eschbach.

Author meet and greet, book signing and social hour: 5:30 p.m.
Brief Jacksonville Historical Society Member Meeting: 6 p.m. followed by presentation.
Another book signing to follow presentation.

Spires in the Sun will be published on October 24, 2023 by Frederic C. Beil of Savannah. It will be a hardcover book with Smyth sewn binding, measuring 8 1/2 x 11 inches and consisting of over 500 pages of text and photographs (the latter appearing on practically every page). The retail price will be $75 and is available for pre-order at $65 from the bookstore. Click here to pre-order the book.

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