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Jacksonville Historical Society kicks off its 2021 Speaker Series with two virtual programs

You are cordially invited to attend the first of the 2021 Speaker Series programs, to be held via Zoom, Thursday, January 28, and Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. (Note date change for the February program.)

Historic churches in Jacksonville’s Cathedral District

This Old Church

Thursday, January 28, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom

  • Dozens of Jacksonville’s churches, small and large, are approaching their centennials. What does it take to sustain a historic church and keep it relevant to its mission in 21st century Jacksonville?
  • Presenters will be a panel of representatives of historic churches led by Rev. Canon Dr. Allison DeFoor, of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, and Dr. Alan Bliss, CEO of the Jacksonville Historical Society.
  • Panel members representing various denominations and locations will share their unique challenges and satisfactions, and highlight the special role of historic houses of faith in the preservation of authentic Jacksonville stories. The panel discussion will run for approximately 45 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion.
  • Zoom spots limited; first come, first served. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Jacksonville’s Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge

Thursday, February 18, 7-8 p.m. via Zoom

  • Established in Jacksonville in 1870, the Grand Lodge has been headquartered since 1912 in its imposing downtown Masonic Temple, at 410 Broad Street, a historic edifice that is rich in the stories of leading Black citizens of this city and of Florida.
  • As a special commemoration of Black History Month, this program will be presented by Genaro “Jerry” Urso, a past master and the grand historian for The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Florida and Belize, Central America, Jurisdiction, Incorporated Prince Hall Affiliated. A native of Massachusetts, he holds a master’s degree in history from Trinity College, and comes from a long line of Masons.
  • Zoom spots limited; first come, first served. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The 2021 Speaker Series programs are underwritten by:

Retina Associates, P.A., Dr. Fred Lambrou and Dr. Mansoor Mughal

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