Tag Archives: Jacksonville Historical Society

Documenting This Time in History

Documenting #Pandemic2020Jax How can we, as a community, document this unprecedented time in history? Two local organizations are giving us a gift that we will be able to give to generations to come. “A little more than a century ago, Jacksonville citizens faced loss in many ways from a series of events that were documented, for the most part, by news reporters and photographers, along with diaries and journals by citizens. The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1888 (in which St. Luke’s Hospital played a healing role)… the Great Fire of 1901 (which stopped short of St. Luke’s Hospital) … the …

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Jacksonville Historical Society Releases Annual List of Endangered Buildings

List includes Doro Fixture building slated for demolition In observance of National Historic Preservation Month, the has released its annual list of Jacksonville’s Most Endangered Buildings. “Historic sites and properties matter to Jacksonville’s people. When historic buildings – such as Fire Station No. 5 and soon the George Doro Fixture Company building – are demolished, we erase another part of the culture, history, and life stories that form our Jacksonville,” said Alan Bliss, the Jacksonville Historical Society’s chief executive officer. “Historic places lend authenticity to their surroundings, making us all more invested as citizens. In addition, data proves that historic preservation …

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Jacksonville Historical Society's Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Extravaganza Returns to Old St. Andrews

Bakers throughout the community will come together this month to celebrate a Jacksonville holiday tradition. The 17th Annual will showcase edible holiday creations in support of the educational programs and archives of the . Visitors will enjoy nearly 50 handmade gingerbread creations beginning December 4th at the Old St. Andrews event venue in the .  The Gingerbread Extravaganza is funded in part by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund. The Gingerbread Extravaganza was founded and hosted by the South Jacksonville Rotary from 2003 to 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in …

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10 Reasons to Support Arts and Culture in Jacksonville

Cultural organizations and artists are poised to assist the City as they address their social priorities, including: Public Safety, Economic Development, Neighborhood Development, Youth Engagement, and Health and Wellness. The work of cultural organizations and artists expand far beyond just our sector. We have to dismantle the misconception that arts and culture exist in a silo and instead provide examples of how art and culture are woven into the fabric of every day life. In 2017, the U.S. News and World Report noted, “Jacksonville is growing. The region witnessed an ignition of the arts and music scene, stimulating business development …

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Holiday Events

HOLIDAY EVENTS Through Jan 1 NIGHTLY TREE LIGHT SHOWS With all new light synchronization and music for 2014, the Landing’s 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening, performing a 10-minute show each hour with more than 78,000 twinkling lights. , 904-353-1188, www.jacksonvillelanding.com Through Jan 11 ADVENTURE LANDING WINTERFEST  hosts with outdoor ice skating rink & skate rental, nightly snowfalls, ice slide, light display, s’more roasting, Crystal Creek Lodge with fine coffees, hot chocolate and hot cider, sweet treats like fudge, comfort foods & more, and Blizzard Bluff Village featuring Santa’s Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday carnival games & more. Santa will also be …

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Halloween Party at the Casket Factory

WHAT: Casket Factory Halloween Party when: Friday, October 24th 8pm-1am where: The Casket Factory, 314 Palmetto Street Tickets: $45 Info: www.jaxhistory.com, (904)665-0064, [email protected] Last year’s first annual  was the “it” All Hallows’ Eve soiree in . Fans of the inaugural event and those who regretfully missed it the last go-round will be excited to learn that executive director  and her macabre mates are up to their festively frightening tricks once again. The will stage the Second Annual Halloween Party at The Casket Factory on Friday, October 24th. Located at 314 Palmetto Street, the old, mysterious 15,000-square-foot vine-covered brick building on …

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Seniors on a Mission

Seniors On A Mission

Ever wonder how in the world all those giveaways get wrapped or put into bags or boxes for distribution to the public at special events? Those events include the tens of thousands of bags for participants of  coordinated events, such as the , ,  and . Then, of course, there are events sponsored by the , , , ,  and . And, don’t forget the , , , , , and  – and this is just part of a long list of non-profit organizations served by a dedicated and very willing group of seniors, known as the Senior Saints, all …

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