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Mapping Our Past - 2020

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Mapping Our Past will have you thinking about our past, present and future! With National Geographic’s director of cartographic databases leading us through its 132-year history of maps at National Geographic to the changing shape of Florida to how architecture and building attitudes impact Jacksonville and our quality of life, you’ll see the indispensable role maps play in history.

Elevate Your Plate with Thanksgiving Cookbooks & More!

Elevate your plate with Thanksgiving cookbooks and More

While some family recipes will never be replaced, there's always room for new additions to the table. Browse through this list of cookbooks to help your Thanksgiving contributions stand out from the rest this year.

Finding Your Voice with Anna Claire Hodge

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Anna Claire Hodge is a writer and professor based in Jacksonville, Florida, and holds a Ph.D in creative writing from Florida State University. We interviewed Anna Claire on the latest episode of Completely Booked about the struggles of being an artist, finding your voice, and figuring out your place in the world.

Looking Back at the Jacksonville Fair's History

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Step Right Up to the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair!

Fairs have been a cherished American pastime for generations. Pulsing neon lights, garish signs, the hypnotizing orbit of a Ferris wheel, the magical mouthfeel of cotton candy, the slew of chaotic noises, and the enticing smell of fried dough are familiar memories to many. It’s an assault on the senses that can elicit a deep feeling of nostalgia. 

15 Books That Teach Kids to Be Thankful

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Many celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and football— but teaching children that the meaning of Thanksgiving is more than just a home-cooked meal and time off from school is essential. Here are 15 recommended books for kids that celebrate sharing, practicing gratitude, reflecting on history, community, and family.

Hot Releases: November 2019

Hot releases November 2019

With November's arrival finally bringing sweater weather to Jacksonville, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and an even hotter book. Here are some of the newest titles to look out for this November.

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