Florida History

We broadcast live from the Pirate & Treasure Museum in downtown St. Augustine to mark the city's 450th Commemoration this week.


According to census data, a little over half of the five-county First Coast's population live in food deserts, areas without easy access to grocery stores or fresh, healthy foods. The American Heart Association is currently pursuing state-level financing programs that would help address this issue for the First Coast and other affected communities in Florida by helping retailers set up shop in these areas. We discuss ways of improving access to healthy foods with Dr.

Some call free speech the linchpin of a free society and one of America’s most deeply held values. We look at the First Amendment's role in our society, as well as a discussion on the topic taking place at UNF Tuesday night, with Earl Coggins, president of the First Coast Free Thought Society, and David Schwam-Baird, UNF professor of political science.

Dr. Denise Bossy, UNF associate professor of history, joins us to discuss the historical and cultural impact of the Yamasee War of 1715.

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City of St. Augustine

A historic St. Augustine building is a step closer to getting a major renovation after state officials signaled this month it’s a strong grant candidate. The former water pumping station was essential to the city’s growth at the turn of the last century.

For five years, the former waterworks building turned garden club has sat empty, bolstered against the weather and time with scaffolding.

St. Augustine Planning and Building Director John Birchim says the octagon-shaped structure supplied water to residents and tourists during Henry Flagler’s hotel boom starting in 1897.

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Sorry Georgia. A Florida politician says the location of the original Fort Caroline is in Jacksonville.

Shifting principals and teachers, a Spanish ship, and a nude beach petition were among our top stories this week.

Patrick Donges / WJCT

A replica cargo ship dating from between the 16th and 18th centuries currently docked in St. Augustine is being featured in a new television program starring two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich.

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A new report is sounding the alarm again about climate change and how it could impact the Sunshine State.

One of barhopping events and men's lifestyle website Thrillist's Miami-based writers posted this list of attractions they say make Jacksonville worth visiting.

A nationally known journalist and Florida native says the verdict in the Michael Dunn murder trial marks “a day of shame” for Florida, and the nation.

Halloween Party At Jax Casket Factory To Benefit Historic Hospital

Oct 25, 2013
Florida Casket Factory

The Casket Factory, a mysterious brick building on the edge of downtown Jacksonville long thought to be haunted, will be the site of what is being billed as the city's greatest Halloween party this Saturday, Oct. 26.

The event is a fundraiser to restore the old St. Luke's Hospital, a landmark built in 1878 and owned by the Jacksonville Historical Society.

The old hospital sits adjacent to the unassuming Casket Factory, a brick building constructed more than a century ago that local historian Dr. Wayne Wood said, “screams party.”

Book Chronicles Historic Jax Beach With Vintage Photos

Sep 27, 2013
Taryn Rodriguez-Boette

Local authors Maggie FitzRoy and Taryn Rodriguez-Boette recently published a new book, Images of America: Jacksonville Beach, which chronicles the dramatic growth of Jacksonville Beach over the decades; from a quaint, 19th Century seaside resort to today's bustling community.

During his glorious military career he logged 75,000 miles on horseback. Some might slyly suggest he also logged 75,000 lovers.

But as "The Liberator" that his admirers call him, or as the libertine that his detractors call him, Simón Bolívar’s life was epic – and so were the paradoxes that marked that life. Was South America’s 19th-century independence hero, best known to Americans as the George Washington of Latin America, the founder of his continent’s democracy? Or was he the archetype of its long line of dictatorial caudillos?

Tonight at 8 p.m. WJCT Public Television will premiere a new one-hour documentary "Shadows of the Past: Mysteries from Florida History."

Did you know that the first flag to fly over Florida's capitol after admission into the Union read "Let Us Alone?"

Yes. That's right. Neither did we.

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