Archived Museum News

Archived Newsletters, Press Releases and Public Service Announcements

Brittany Cohill Named Associate Director of the Beaches Museum

The Beaches Museum announced that Brittany Cohill has been promoted to Associate Director, effective immediately. In her new role, Cohill will oversee general educational programming, exhibits, archive and collections management, and the college/university internship program. Cohill will continue to report to Beaches Museum Executive Director Christine Hoffman.
 
Cohill joined the Beaches Museum as Operations Manager in December 2016. In this role, she supervised the Museum’s daily operations, a volunteer staff of approximately 75 volunteers, headed the Education and Accessibility Committees, and was a member of the Museum’s 2016-2017 Strategic Planning Committee. Cohill will maintain her management role in Museum operations and the volunteer program.
 
Cohill earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology and a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Florida. In addition to her work at the Beaches Museum, she is an Adjunct Instructor of History at Jacksonville University. 
 Photo Credit: Cheryl Joy Miner Photography
 

Music Memories at the Beaches

The Beaches MuJacksonville Beach Danceseum​ needs your memories! Where did you go to hear the latest music with your friends on a Friday night back in the day? Music has long been an important part of life and a way to fall in love with the Beaches area. The Museum hopes to preserve local music history and culture through your stories. You can tell your stories by recording oral history interviews, lending concert programs, posters, t-shirt. Whether you attended the first Jazz Festival in Mayport or were a part of the weekend scene at pier dances or Einstein-A-Go-Go concerts, your memories and experiences are priceless. The Museum will showcase your memories at our upcoming exhibit opening in March 2019. Please contact Sarah Jackson , the Archives & Collections Manager at sarah@beachesmuseum.org to schedule donations.

Beaches Museum Unveils New Logo

The Beaches Museum will be wrBeaches Museum Logoapping up its 40th year by rolling out a new name and logo. Started in 1978 as the Beaches Area Historical Society, the organization has been a staple in the community with the mission “to preserve and share the distinct history and culture of the Beaches area”.
Over the years, the name of the organization has caused some confusion.”We have been called every combination you can think of-Beaches Historical Museum, Jacksonville Beach Historical Society, Beaches Museum & Historical Society..the list goes on!” says Chris Hoffman, Executive Director of the Beaches Museum. “Technically, we are the Beaches Museum & History Park, operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society, so it’s no surprise that no one can keep it straight!”
After a year-long strategic planning process, the identity of the organization rose to the top as a major strategic issue. From there, the Board of Directors engaged Wingard, a Jacksonville-based marketing and advertising firm, for the re-branding project. Interviews with key stake holders and focus group meetings guided the process that resulted in the new name and logo.
Going forward, the organization will be known as the Beaches Museum with a new logo and tag line that were selected by the Board.”The logo is modern, fun, and really captured what we were going for” says Hoffman. “The shell as the ‘a’ works on so many levels-it’s a shell, it’s an @, some people see a wave, and the fact that it is yellow ties so nicely back to the Flagler yellow as seen all across our campus”.
It will take several months to roll-out the new branding but the community can expect to see new signage, website, letterhead, etc. Future plans include merchandise in the Museum’s gift shop.

Art Fest Poster Contest Winner Announced

Keats, Sloane 3 (1)The winner of the 2017 Beaches Art Fest Poster Contest is Sloane Keats of Indialantic, Florida.  Keats uses a layering technique and vivid colors to create a captivating texture in her paintings.  Her entry “Alone” captured the essence of the event and its coastal community.  “I bring a contemporary style to a traditional way to paint.  Focusing on texture, color, pattern” said Keats.

“We had so many great entries which bodes very well for the quality of the artwork that we’ll expect at this year’s festival” said Chris Hoffman, Executive Director of the Beaches Museum.  “Making the event two days long has been a great move for everyone involved and we look forward to another successful weekend!”

A commemorative poster featuring the winning piece will be designed and available for purchase at the event.  The deadline for artist applications for the Beaches Art Fest is July 15.

The 4th Annual Beaches Art Fest will be held Ocotber 14 and 15, 2017 at the Pablo Historical Park in Jacksonville Beach, FL.  The Beaches Art Fest is presented by the Beaches Museum & History Park and Driftwood, Jacksonville Beach, FL and produced by Holiday Art Shows, St. Augustine, FL.

Call 904-241-5657 or click here for more information.

The Ritz Chamber Players Return to the Museum

Join the Beaches Museum for an exceptional performance by the Ritz Chamber Players Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.

This event is free to Museum members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.  Please call 904-241-5657 for additional details.

The Beaches Museum Announces New Staff Member

brittany-cohillThe Beaches Museum & History Park is pleased to announce the newest member of our staff, Brittany Cohill!  Brittany will be assuming the role of Operations Manager as of December 2.  Many of you are already familiar with Brittany due to her recent internship with us as she pursues her Master’s Degree through the UNF Department of History.  Next time you see Brittany, be sure to wish her luck in her new endeavor!!

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A.I.A. Jacksonville debates Ft. Caroline Location

 Public Service Announcement

Fort CarolineThe Jacksonville Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America announces a debate of the issue of where Ft. Caroline existed at noon on September 20 at the University of North Florida.

The lecture will be held in Room 1009, Building 39. Admission is free.

This year is the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Caroline by the French in 1564. After all this time, Fort Caroline has recently generated controversy regarding its actual location.

Tradition has it located on the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, but a group of archaeologists has proposed that it was actually built on the Altamaha River in Georgia. Perhaps the controversy will be resolved at the debate of the issue presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Jacksonville Society on Sept. 20 at noon in Room 1009, Building 39 at the University of North Florida. Dr. Robert (Buzz) Thunen from UNF will present the case for the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, and Dr. Anita Spring and Dr. Fletcher Crowe from the University of Florida will present the case for the Altamaha River in Georgia. Dr. Crowe will have spent the summer excavating the area in Georgia where he believes Fort Caroline was built and will reveal the results of that research.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the Archaeology Lab both before and after the presentation. On Saturday, parking is free and the faculty/staff/vendor spaces are open to everyone. For more information, contact Melva Price at (904)241-9411 or at aiajaxsoc@gmail.com.

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About The Beaches Museum & History Park

Beaches Museum & History Park is operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society at Pablo Historical Park, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

The mission of the Beaches Area Historical Society is to nurture civic pride for the distinct history of the Beaches, while providing education, information and entertainment for those who live, work and vacation in our communities.

The Beaches Museum & History Park is located at 381 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. To Learn more about the Beaches Museum & History Park, please visit our website at www.BeachesMuseum.org

Contact:

Beaches Museum & History Park
381 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, FL. 32250

904.241.5657 BeachesMuseum@gmail.com

The Beaches Museum & History Park | 381 Beach Boulevard | Jacksonville Beach | FL | 32250

Public Service Announcements

A.I.A. Jacksonville: Learn About Archaeology in the Holy Land

 Public Service Announcement

Learn About Archaeology in the Holy Land

The Archaeological Institute of America–Jacksonville Society will meet on Nov. 8 to hear a lecture by Dr. Morag Kersel, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University. This month’s lecture is one of the special Kershaw Lectures in Near East Archaeology sponsored by AIA. Dr. Kersel’s lecture is titled “Mission Impossible? Tracking the Lives of Early Bronze Age Pots from the Dead Sea Plain, Jordon.”

Early Bronze Age (3600-2000 BCE) artifacts from the Dead Sea Plain have long held a fascination for locals, pilgrims, and tourists. Demand for objects from the Holy Land has resulted in decades of illegal excavation and destruction of the archaeological landscape. Dr. Kersel will discuss how artifacts go from the ground to the consumer using archaeological evidence, documents, interviews, and aerial surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles. She will explain valuable clues from the past and present that enhance knowledge of Early Bronze Age society.

The lecture takes place at noon in Room 1205, Building 51 at the University of North Florida and is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served afterwards. On Saturday, parking is free and faculty/staff/vendor spaces are available to everyone.

For more information, contact Melva Price at (904)241-9411 or aiajaxsoc@gmail.com.

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About The Beaches Museum & History Park

Beaches Museum & History Park is operated by the Beaches Area Historical Society at Pablo Historical Park, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

The mission of the Beaches Area Historical Society is to nurture civic pride for the distinct history of the Beaches, while providing education, information and entertainment for those who live, work and vacation in our communities.

The Beaches Museum & History Park is located at 381 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach. To Learn more about the Beaches Museum & History Park, please visit our website at www.BeachesMuseum.org

Contact:

Beaches Museum & History Park
381 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, FL. 32250

904.241.5657 BeachesMuseum@gmail.com

The Beaches Museum & History Park | 381 Beach Boulevard | Jacksonville Beach | FL | 32250

Public Service Announcements

Beaches Museum & History Park
381 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250