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The nave at Old St. Andrews.

JHS Speaker Series

JHS presents monthly lectures on a diverse range of historical subjects, each presented by speakers of note, including historians, dramatists, experts and artistic presenters. Annually, the series includes 10 to 15 major program opportunities. The subjects are diverse and highlight North Florida history. Most of the presentations involve multimedia with presenters.

The lectures are usually held at the Society’s Old St. Andrews, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. (across from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena). Evening programs are free to members with a suggested $10 donation for non-members. Members and their guests are invited to join the speakers at a reception before each lecture.

Topics scheduled for first quarter 2020 include:

The History of the Insurance Industry in Jacksonville: Fueling a Financial Center by J.F. Bryan IV, on Thursday, January 23. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m., at Old St. Andrews.

Florida’s First Historically Black College: 154 Years of Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College by Dr. David Jamison, on Monday, February 3. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and lecture at 7 p.m., at the Milne Auditorium at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road.

Remarkable Women in North Florida History by Emily R. Lisska, past executive director of the Jacksonville Historical Society, on Wednesday, March 18. The lunch-and-learn program begins at 11:30 a.m. at Old St. Andrews. Reservations required for box lunch; RSVP.

Past Lectures

The 2015 series included the topics, Spies, Schemes and the Sons of Liberty: The Shadier Side of East and West Florida during the American Revolution (buy book); Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine (buy book); Mary Nolan: Jacksonville Suffragette and her Night of Terror; Mining for Florida History: All Buried Treasure is Not Owned by Pirates!; It Came to Pass on the Banks of this River; The Mad Atlas of Virginia King (buy book); The Ten Most Amazing People for Jacksonville (You likely never heard of).

The 2016 series included the topics Historic Jacksonville Theatre Palaces, Drive-Ins and Movie Houses (buy book); Ribault to Revolution: Shipwreck Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse; Florida’s War: The Untold Story of Northeast Florida’s Role in the Spanish-American War; Jacksonville: Rail Gateway to Florida (watch); The History of Jacksonville’s Jewish Community; Florida Founder William P. DuVal: Frontier Bon Vivant (watch/buy book); Elvis Has Left the Building: The 60th Anniversary of the King at the Florida Theatre (watch); Banned in Jacksonville: What Book Are You Missing? 

The 2017 series included the topics Towers in the Sand: A History of Broadcasting; Civil Rights Struggles: From the Beach to the Courthouse; Florida’s Fleet: A Shrimping Legacy from the First Coast; Andrew Jackson in Florida, An Evening with Mayor Jake; Jacksonville’s Historic St. Nicholas Cemetery: Tales from the Crypt; Emerging Florida and the Women Who Changed the World; Winterling and Weather: A North Florida View; Lindberg Jacksonville: The 90th Anniversary.

The 2018 series included the topics Jacksonville’s Jews: We Really Mean Business; Black History Month at the Ritz; The Melting Pot: The Diverse Cultures of Northeast Florida; Jacksonville’s City/County Consolidation: A Perspective at Fifty Years; Oral History Workshop; Goat Island Hermit: St of FL v Rollians Christopher.

The 2019 series included the topics Jacksonville: Florida’s Tourist Mecca and Its Grand Hotels: 1869 to 1926; Recovering Manhattan Beach; 2019 Endangered Historic Properties Report; Jacksonville Terminal Centennial; William Morgan: Evolution of an Architect; Deep Roots, Many Branches: The Blues in Northeast Florida; Salute to the Jax Red Caps; Touchdown Jacksonville! Winning the NFL Franchise for Jacksonville; Cemeteries as Outdoor Museums; Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season; The Woman’s Club in the Progressive Era: 1897 to 1927.

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