Bicentennial Bytes

History is a collection of stories that, when shared, begin to educate the community about its past and to help shape its future. We are seeking stories about the history of Jacksonville that are educational, enlightening, and entertaining. Please contact us at bicentennial@jaxhistory.org so we can share ideas.

Jacksonville’s Reckoning

Jacksonville’s Reckoning

In a review of a new biography that is sharply critical of Winston Churchill, journalist Peter Baker commented that “We are living in an era when...

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Surprising Jacksonville

Surprising Jacksonville

A few years ago I attended a meeting of Jacksonville executives who had gathered to welcome a new CEO to town. As the newcomer shared her fresh...

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Historic anniversaries are not just for looking back

Historic anniversaries are not just for looking back

A century ago, Jacksonville was poised for greatness. It began the 1920s as Florida’s largest city and the center of statewide commerce. Jacksonville was the sophisticated, prosperous metropolitan place that people elsewhere in Florida hoped their communities would someday grow to resemble…

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A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

A mighty watercourse called the St. Johns is Jacksonville’s central feature, lending it the obvious nickname “the River City.” More than twenty...

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Jacksonville at 199

Jacksonville at 199

June 15th will mark 199 years of Jacksonville’s existence as a place known by that name. As with most cities, Jacksonville’s founding moment was a...

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