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Jacksonville Origins: A Talk with Emily Lisska


Jacksonville’s name first appeared on a petition dated June 15, 1822. Sixty one residents signed the request, asking then US Secretary of State John Quincy Adams to designate “Jacksonville” as a port of entry. After that, the name “Jacksonville” began to replace previous references to the “cow ford” or “Cowford” and the development of this Bold City of the South began in earnest.

What was Jacksonville like in those early days? Why was the timing right in 1822 for the city’s founding? Who set all of this in motion?

During her talk on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center at the Main Library, Emily Lisska will answer these questions and more.

Attend in-person or watch the virtual livestream from anywhere!

As a Jacksonville native, Lisska has actively researched, preserved, presented, and promoted North Florida’s unique and diverse history for more than three decades. She is also the former Executive Director of the Jacksonville Historical Society (1996-2018) and Immediate Past President and current board member of the Florida Historical Society.

This event is presented in conjunction with Jacksonville’s official “Bicentennial Street Festival & Fireworks” which kicks off across the street at James Weldon Johnson Park.

Note: Walk-ins will be welcome as space permits. Seating in the auditorium is limited. Reserve your seat now using your library card and PIN: https://jaxpubliclibrary.libnet.info/event/6431533. Virtual attendees will receive a Zoom link via email upon registration.


  • Free


Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
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