This family-friendly Jacksonville tradition -- now in its 18th year -- was founded by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville in 2003 as a fundraiser to benefit other nonprofits, including the historical society, and was hosted by the club through 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in 2011 and it is held in the appropriately historical Old St. Andrews Church, located at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
The event is our major fundraiser, which proceeds enable us to maintain an extensive archive and research library of photographs, newspaper clippings, books, artifacts and other collectible ephemera pertaining to Jacksonville history.
Why does that matter? Awareness of the past fosters a sense of place and identity in the present. Jacksonville’s stories allow us to understand who has been here before, what they did, and what happened as a result. Learning and sharing Jacksonville’s stories with others is how we take ownership of this place and become its citizens. That is the value of history, and that is why, after more than 90 years, the Jacksonville Historical Society is more relevant than ever.