Jacksonville Historical Society

Former Jacksonville Jaguar Rashean Mathis was a guest on Tuesday’s “First Coast Connect,” along with Vee Bird, associate director of diversity and social change at Florida State College at Jacksonville regarding their Bridging the Divide initiative (01:17).    

Tuesday is the 90th anniversary of a visit to Jacksonville by aviation legend Charles Lindbergh that he made a few months after his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  Ed Booth Jr., past president of the Jacksonville Historical Society, gave us a sense of just what a huge event Lindbergh’s visit was for the city. (32:55).      

We heard about the introduction of virtual reality arcades on the First Coast by speaking with VR Junkies co-owner Christopher Yozgat (43:59).  

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The Jacksonville Historical Society is getting ready to put the wrap on its contest gathering photos that best represent life today in Jacksonville.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall joins us to discuss the proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry to merge the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and Jacksonville Journey (01:12). We learned the history of Jacksonville’s Manhattan Beach from The Beaches Museum’s Brittany Cohill (16:58). Local author Ron Whittington told us about his new book, “Free Surface Effect” (36:52), and Wayne Wood from the Jacksonville Historical Society talked the organization’s photo contest (44:34).   


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Jacksonville Historical Society board members Ed Booth and Wayne Wood (01:02) about its list annual list of the most endangered buildings in Jacksonville. President of One Spark Ventures Chris Carter (26:58) told us about the changes announced this week for the festival. City of Jacksonville Disabled Services Director Kevin McDaniel and Brooks Rehabilitation Director of Adaptive Recreation Alice Krauss (37:33) talked about the upcoming “Brooks Adaptive Recreation Olympic Day,” and 1010-XL radio host and voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars Frank Frangie (43:58) told us about his “First Pitch” fundraising event at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.  


             

Tiffany Salameh

More than 20 buildings are featured on the Jacksonville Historical Society’s 2017 list of most endangered buildings.

The buildings on the list are subject to demolition if renovations are not made in the near future.  Wayne Wood of the historical society said the time frame for demolition varies with each building.

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On Tuesday night, Jacksonville residents drank to history at an event focusing on the Bold City’s bygone brews.

The sudsy shindig was one in a series of celebrations meant to foster a better understanding of the city’s history among the younger generation.


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Originally published October 2015

A new nonfiction book is inviting readers to take a journey through historic Jacksonville neighborhoods.

“The Mad Atlas of Virginia King” is part biography, part city guide, and part comic book. On Wednesday morning, the book’s author, Tim Gilmore, led WJCT’s Jessica Palombo on a tour through Riverside using his illustrated “Atlas.”


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Spirits and poltergeists are a pain in the neck for historic preservationists - not because they’re real, but because so many people can’t resist looking for them.

On Saturday, singer-songwriter Tom Shed bring his “history, humor and the human condition” concert to the Jacksonville Historical Society.