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The Jacksonville Historical Society's next program
An Exclusive Preview of the Channel 4 WJXT Documentary

Dora Direct Hit

with producers
Mo Baker and Henry Mullis

Thursday, September 4, 2014

at Old St. Andrew's, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

6:30 p.m. reception
7 p.m. program

Fifty years after "Dora," Jacksonville Historical Society members and their guests are invited to an exclusive preview of the Channel 4 documentary, "Dora Direct Hit". Dora, the first direct hurricane strike to the Northeast Florida coast in the weather bureau's recorded history, was a game changer. It was a storm so large and fierce, homes were destroyed and many were washed out to sea. It was a storm with the famous U-turn. All of this destruction was followed by a Presidential visit and a subsequent English invasion by an emerging musical group called the Beatles.

We'll hear from the show's producers, Mo Baker and Henry Mullis. They'll offer special insights on the documentary and this monumental event in area history. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with the only local meteorologist to accurately predict Dora's path, Channel 4's George Winterling. Hear George explain how the luck of latitude 30 ran out!

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JHS Announces Jacksonville's 12 Most Endangered Landmarks
The Jacksonville Historical Society's "Twelve Worth Saving" is the annual list of the most endangered historic properties in Jacksonville.

"Kiss of Life" Video Now Available

This original Jacksonville Historical Society film highlights the story surrounding photographer Rocco Morabito’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo award of 1968.

Forty-four years ago, Rocco Morabito, a modest, but astute newspaper veteran suggested that Jacksonville Journal City Editor Dick Bussard might want to “hold the presses” for the image locked inside his camera. A Jacksonville Historical Society original film captures the dramatic story of the city’s best known photograph.

DVD-Video         24 minutes

Non-member price is $20 + $1.40 FL State tax = $21.40 + $5 shipping = $26.40 total

JHS member price is $18.00 + $1.26 FL State tax = $19.26 + $5.00 shipping = $24.26 total

To order, call Meghan Powell at (904)665-0064

New Book on Fred Schultz now available

This book tells the extraordinary life story of a complex man who used his wealth and intellect to make a difference in the world. He helped to manage the nation’s finances during a time of great economic crisis. He brought about more changes in Florida’s government and education system than perhaps any other person in history. And his leadership in his hometown of Jacksonville produced a lasting legacy in the city’s approach to civil rights, consolidated government, civic activism, education, philanthropy, business, and the arts.

Click here for more information about the book.

Fund Raising Drive Underway for Old St. Lukes Hospital Restoration

We need your help!
Find out how you
can help the Jacksonville Historical Society turn Old St. Lukes into Jacksonville's history center. We need donations of all kinds and sizes.

Call Emily Lisska at
904-665-0064 to find out how you can join our campaign.

16-minute Silent Film Shows the 1914 Confederate Veterans Encampment in Springfield
Click here to watch it.

Read the Jacksonville Historical Society's Quarterly Newsletter online --

Just click on the image at right.

(Adobe Reader required)

Have your wedding or party at the beautiful and historic 
Old St Andrews Church

Click on the photo at left for more details.

New Klutho Poster available from JHS

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The Jacksonville Historical Society is pleased to announce the publication of a wonderful new poster by historian Wayne Wood. The poster celebrates the architectural ornament of Henry John Klutho, Jacksonville's most renowned architect. It features 25 close-up detailed photographs of Klutho's exquisite decorative designs that connected his work with that of America's greatest architects: Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Sadly, one third of the buildings featured on this poster no longer exist. The posters are large, 24" x 36" and are $19.95 each plus tax. All proceeds go to the Jacksonville Historical Society. Pick yours up today at JHS headquarters, or click here to request email info on how to receive a copy by mail order.
Special thanks to First Coast Signs for sponsoring this project.

Stephen Crane
On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010, The Jacksonville Historical Society had a splendid program by Elizabeth "Peggy" Friedmann about famed author Stephen Crane's experiences in Jacksonville in the 1890s and the search for the shipwrecked Commodore, his ill-fated ship made famous in his short story, "The Open Boat."

When Does Modern Architecture
Become Historic?

Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Just as Victorian architecture in the U.S. was widely obliterated 50 years ago, outstanding architecture of the 1950s through early 1970s has become increasingly imperiled by redevelopment and an appetite for newer – but not necessarily better – buildings. Northeast Florida is home to exemplary works of modern architecture from the post-war era (sometimes referred to as “Mid-Century Modern” .) Click here to learn more.
Click here to see the MAP of Mid-Century Modern buildings in the Jacksonville area.

The JacksonvilleStory website is back! After nearly a year's absence, one of Jacksonville's most popular historical websites is available once again!
Click here to enter.

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of
the Jacksonville Fire Department

Download this colorful 8-page newsletter which explores the history of professional firefighting in Jacksonville.
Click on this link:
The Birth of Jacksonville’s
Fire Department

by John Bracey



Now showing on the Jacksonville History Show, volunteers from the Mandarin Museum discuss their Maple Leaf exhibit and Maarten van de Guchte (former director) talks about his years at the Beaches Museum and History Park.

The show can be seen at 8:30 p.m. on July 16 on Comcast Cable Ch. 99 and at various unscheduled times thereafter. It will also be posted on this website, making it available whenever you want to see it.

The Old St. Luke’s Hospital property at Palmetto and Duval Streets is a center for the preservation and study of local history and houses the Historical Society's vast archives.

Click here to read more about Old St. Luke's and how you can help to support this important project.

JHS Gift Shop for Historical Items

Click here to go to the JHS Gift Shop

The Perfect
The Jacksonville Family Album:
150 Years of the Art of Photography

This award-winning book is perhaps the most beautiful book ever written about Jacksonville. Order yours now from the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Click here for details.

JHS's Pop-Up History Book Events
Are a Big Success

Pop-Up History Book #3: Silvertown Is Celebrated at Intuition

The third and most recent Jax Pop Up History Book was Wednesday, December 12 at Intuition Ale Works
at 720 King Street. A crowd of 175 people gathered to hear the story of this forgotten little town from the 1880s which was swallowed up by the growing Riverside neighborhood. Historian Wayne Wood performed a one-man illustrated play, portraying August Buesing, the eccentric German immigrant who founded the all-black Silvertown. Click here for more information about Silvertown.

Intuition Ale Works, which unveiled its new Silvertown ale for this event, is situated in the very heart of this long-lost Jacksonville suburb.
The new Silvertown logo, designed by artist Mike Barnhart, adorned the popular Silvertown T-shirts which also went on sale that night.

Jax Pop-Up History Books are a series of events designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own back yard. They help to make  little known historical events come alive. Jax Pop-Up History utilizes social media to spread the word about the secret story telling of historic moments in Jacksonville. These events are designed to encourage young professionals to connect with the history of our city.

To be notified about the next Pop-Up Event
and for more information, go to

Pop-Up History Book #2: "Bawdy Behaviour -
The Naughty History of Houston Street"

This second Pop-Up History Book celebrated a colorful era in Jacksonville's past when bordellos lined Houston Street in LaVilla.  In 1915, J.E.T. "Just Easy Times" Bowden was elected mayor on a pro-prostitution platform, delivering a speech in Hemming Plaza while prostitutes in red, skin tight outfits circled the crowd on horseback. Above, event coordinator Mike Field introduced the program to an audience of nearly 200 people on Wednesday, September 19 at Dos Gatos.

Pop-Up History Book #1:  Eyewitness Speakers Tell of
1944 Fighter Plane Crash in Riverside

The first Jax Pop Up History Book was on Saturday, July 21st at the corner of Post and James Streets to commemorate the Great Airplane Crash of 1944. This little-known event occurred when two Army pilots buzzed a home on Post Street and crashed, destroying much of a 10-block area. Three people were killed, including both pilots, and 18 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Nearly 200 people attended this event, including 8 eyewitnesses who described the event from their childhoods.

JHS Video Slideshow tell the story of Jean Ribault and the French Colony in North Florida
(Click on icon at bottom right to see it full-screen)

Fascinating New Book Now on Sale
The Jacksonville Historical Society's long-awaited book on the Broward Family in Florida was unveiled on November 22nd to a packed audience.

Written by renowned architect Robert C. "Bob" Broward and designed by Wayne Wood, the work chronicles the amazing stories of one of Florida's oldest, largest, and most famous families. It tells the story of this pioneer family's arrival in the Spanish colony of East Florida in the late 1700s through the Civil War, the Reconstruction era, the Governorship of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and up to present day.

Get your copy at JHS headquarters during normal business hours, or contact us by phone or email to find out how to order by mail.
JHS has purchased Old St. Luke's Hospital

The best way to celebrate our Society’s 80th anniversary is prepare for the next 80 years.  Your Jacksonville Historical Society is doing just that – the Society is buying the Old St. Luke’s Hospital property at Palmetto and Duval Streets to create a center for the preservation and study of local history.
Click here to read more about this exciting project.

Support the arts in Florida!
Purchase a Florida Arts license plate.

The Jacksonville Historical Society presents
Oral Histories of World War II
Sponsored by the West Jacksonville Rotary Club

Click on the image above to see the video.


Links to other
                                              Jacksonville historical
Click on the photo above to go to our PHOTO LINKS page. Connect to dozens of other historical websites and thousands of old Jacksonville photos!!

Jacksonville's Silent Movies

Watch a silent movie filmed in Jacksonville in 1916!
Click on the photo to see the entire movie:

Jacksonville Historic Preservation Consortium

click here to learn more about the Consortium

Do you recognize this Jacksonville scene
?  Study the clues, and then click on the photo for the answer.

Then see if you can identify the 22 other Mystery Photos!

Reserve your place on a docent-led tour of the Merrill House Complex. Call 904-665-0064

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Jacksonville Historical Society
317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32202-2217
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Emily LisskaExecutive Director
Meghan PowellOffice
Administrator & Event Coordinator

Phone: 904-665-0064
FAX: 904-665-0069
Jacksonville Historical Society  Archives at Old St. Luke’s
314 Palmetto Street
Jacksonville  32202

Lauren Swain Mosley, Archivist

Phone: 904-374-0296   Email

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The Jacksonville Historical Society was founded in 1929 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is dedicated to preserving the history of northeast Florida and educating citizens about culture, architecture and history of the area. It produces books, television programs, oral histories, and numerous public presentations to achieve these goals. For both researchers and the public, the society's archives provides access to the largest repository of historical records, photographs, documents, and objects in this region.

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