Tuesday October 24 at 10:00 am “Going Back in Time”

Did you know that The Charthouse Restaurant is on the Jacksonville Historical Society’s 2017 Endangered List? Check it out! http://www.jaxhistory.org/jhs-announces-2017-list-areas-endangered-properties/

Our Historical Society was founded in 1929 to preserve our city’s history by collecting documents, photos and artifacts. As they got more organized, they started rescuing buildings too. ‘The St Luke’s Hospital, constructed in 1878, played a prominent role in caring for Jacksonville’s citizens stricken by the yellow fever epidemic in 1888, the typhoid epidemic ten years later and the Great Fire of 1901'. Eventually this hospital building and the adjacent Florida Casket Co. were purchased. Don’t you wonder why they put the casket company next door?? Anyway, they went on to purchase and restore the Old St Andrew’s Church and The Merrill House, with help from the city and the Weaver Foundation, as the new football and baseball stadiums were erected in that area. These are fabulous resources for anyone interested in the history of Jacksonville.

At our October 24 meeting, Emily Lisska, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society, will share her knowledge of our city’s past and talk about why local history is so important in shaping our future. With so many Americans trying to change our history by taking down monuments and statues, it is important to remember and protect our heritage here in Jacksonville.

Plan to stay for lunch after the meeting to meet new friends and talk about how you might be able to participate in some of the Historical Society’s projects.

Save the Date:
Wednesday Nov. 8, 10:00am - Field Trip to San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine