Jacksonville Historical Society

In Memoriam: Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross Lovett

In Memoriam: Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross Lovett

March 19, 1930 – October 26, 2021 A legendary Jacksonville hostess and entertainer, avid donor and fund raiser, donner of exquisite and show-stopping costumes, and passionate world traveler, Betsy Ross Lovett was a shining star and one in a million. Betsy passed away on October 26, 2021, but her bright light continues to shine through […]

The bridge that forever changed the River City

The bridge that forever changed the River City

Antique cars, relics and memories shared during a celebration of the Acosta Bridge When the Acosta Bridge opened on July 1, 1921, it changed the “geography of [Jacksonville’s] mind to greater possibilities and opportunities,” as Alan Bliss, Jacksonville Historical Society executive director, noted in his remarks at the 100th anniversary celebration of the opening of […]

Organizations find ways to rescue historical record

As information sharing becomes ever-more digital, historians worldwide are contending with the problem of how to preserve the historical record. That problem is no less pressing than in Jacksonville as print newspapers and photographs and their negatives are threatened with the Dumpster. In November, The Resident published a story about longtime San Marco photographer Curt […]

Historical society releases list of endangered structures

Historical society releases list of endangered structures

Twelve buildings are on the Jacksonville Historical Society’s 2019 Endangered Properties list, which includes two new structures. New to the list are Snyder Memorial Methodist Church, 226 N. Laura St., built in 1903 and a refuge in the early 1960s for victims of the Axe Handle Saturday attack on civil rights demonstrators; and Genovars Hall, […]