MMHS NEWS - June 2015
Dear MMHS Members and Friends, 

We are trying a new newsletter format this month in an effort to make reading our news much easier for those of you who read most of your mail on your smart phones. It shouldn't change how you view it on your computer screen if you read your email that way. So, we will try it out and see if it increases our reads. We want people to read our newsletter to know all of the exciting things going on around Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. We welcome feedback from all - phone readers, please let us know if this format helps.
Thank you John Cooksey and McCall Service
Many thanks to John Cooksey, Chief Operating Officer of McCall Service,  Mandarin resident and MMHS President Emeritus - and to McCall Service for their generous donation of pest control for the newly acquired 1889 schoolhouse. Thanks also to Sentricon for donating the chemicals for the in-ground termite system.

McCall, a local and family owned business since 1982, is considered a Corporate Sponsor of MMHS for their in-kind gifts of needed services to our organization. We are extremely grateful for such support of our mission here in Mandarin.

  McCall Service
Remembering Memorial Day Weekend activities
Third Thursday Lecture
Bob Nay delivered an very interesting and inspiring talk about Major William Wirt Webb.
Flags place in Mandarin Cemetery for all marked veterans.
Alex Boll, Bill Morrow, Mike Woodward, Don Carter, Pete Boll, Jim Woodward, Bob Nay from MMHS and Boy Scout Troop 473
Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War
Honoring Major W. W. Webb and Pvt. Leander Rowe of Mandarin.
Maple Leaf artifacts heading to National Museum of the
U.S. Army in June

The Center for Military History will be opening the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in 2019. As most of you know, 20% of the objects recovered from the Maple Leaf wreckage was awarded to the Army and 80% to Dr. Holland, who gifted his to the State of Florida. The entire collection has been kept together at the Florida Division of Historical Resources in Tallahassee since 1994. The items you see in Mandarin Museum, MOSH and anywhere else throughout the state are on loan from the Division of Historical Resources.

Now that a new  state of the art museum is being built near our nation's capital, some of the artifacts are desired for a Maple Leaf display there. Though we hate to see the collection separated and we  will miss some of the special pieces that have been on exhibit at Mandarin Museum since last April, we recognize that this is a wonderful opportunity for thousands of people to view them and learn about the wonderful stories connected with the Maple Leaf.

We will be replacing the objects that will be removed with other items from Tallahassee in order to keep the exhibit fresh and interesting. We also intend to continue the Meet the Divers days because there has been so much interest in them. Check the calendar for dates upcoming.

Dr. Keith Holland being interviewed by FTU's Dan Scanlan on the day the artifacts arrived at Mandarin Museum.


Link to the National Museum of the U.S. Army website
Link to the Florida Division of Historical Resources website
Schoolhouse Progress
Bob White, R.G.White Construction
Bob did the Webb Farmhouse and Barn in the 90s and he came back to do the restoration of the 1889 Schoolhouse. Their job is almost done. Thank you Bob and crew for taking such good care of our new schoolhouse!
Almost done!
Winding walkways lead visitors to the building and garden. Please contact us at 268-0784 if you can help with clean-up, prep work and painting.

Volunteer Spotlight

This month we honor our faithful volunteer, Don Yocom.

Don is pictured here at the Losco Winery during Winter Celebration. Many of you know him or have seen him as he has been very involved and active at museum events for the last couple of years. He always has a smile on his face, is willing to help wherever he is needed and has a special way of telling stories.

As a matter of fact, he was scheduled to present the May Third Thursday Lecture, sharing his presentation "Oh Say Can You See". This presentation is about the history behind the "Star Spangled Banner," the flag that inspired it and the man who wrote it - Francis Scott Key.


Don has studied this subject for twenty years, including on-site research trips to the Smithsonian, the Maryland Historical Society, the Historical Society of Frederick County and more.

Unfortunately, Don needed surgery just weeks before the event and was unable to be there. He has been greatly missed around MMHS and we ask all to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he continues his recovery. And - we look forward to hearing his stories about our national anthem sometime in the future.

Come on out for "Music Under the Oaks" - acoustic music jam on Sunday June 7

If you play a traditional acoustic instrument and want to play with others, please come out to the Mandarin Store and Post Office for an open music jam. What a perfect setting to join other musicians and songwriters in a round of sharing and playing together or just listening - under the old oaks on this beautiful historic property. Listeners are also welcome. Please (all) bring your own chair and water. Co-sponsored by the North Florida Folk Network who is having their Annual Meeting in the Store and Post Office from 1-2 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting. The Store and Post Office will be open from 1-4 this day - please stop by for a visit.


Location: At the Mandarin Store and Post Office located next to the Mandarin Community Club - 12447 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223 


 Link to North Florida Folk Network 

Amazing concerts at Beluthahatchee

Cross Julington Creek and shortly you will come to Stetson Kennedy's beloved Beluthahatchee home, a National Literary Landmark. St. Johns County  now owns this property and works in partnership with the Stetson Kennedy Foundation and the North Florida Folk Network to offer tours of the home and grounds, followed by a concert each month. As a bonus, MMHS Board member Karen Roumillat conducts the home tours.

This month features beloved St. Augustine singer, songwriter, 12 string guitarist and fabulous Florida story-teller, Bob Patterson.

You won't want to miss it, but tickets go fast.

Link to Stetson Kennedy Foundation
First Coast Plein Air Painters to be painting in the Walter Jones Historical Park June 13 and June 28

  1. denoting or in the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism.
On both of these dates (weather permitting) painters from around the area will be coming to Walter Jones Historical Park to set up their easels and paint what they see. This is a great opportunity to learn about some of the wonderful talents of these artists while observing them paint our historic buildings and landscapes right here in the park.


  Link to First Coast Plein Air Painters' public Facebook page

June 7 - "Under the Oaks" acoustic jam at Store and Post Office 2-4
June 13 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 12-4
June 13 - First Coast Plein Air Painters in the park - starting at 9
June 28 - NO Yoga on the River - 9
June 28 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 12-4
June 28 - First Coast Plein Air Painters in the park starting at 9
July 5 possibly -  " Under the Oaks " acoustic music jam at the Store and Post Office (be sure to check our website calendar before coming since it is a holiday weekend)
July 11 - NO Meet the Divers this day
July 26 - NO Yoga on the River - 9
July 26 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 12-4
August 20 - Third Thursday Lecture - Mary Atwood, "Historic Homes of Florida's First Coast"
September 26 - Smithsonian "Museum Day LIVE!"
November 19 - Third Thursday Lecture - St. Johns River Alliance
December 5 - 16th Annual Winter Celebration in Walter Jones Park

Mandarin Museum (11964 Mandarin Road) is open every Saturday from 9-4 in Walter Jones Historical Park.

The Mandarin Store and Post Office (12471 Mandarin Road)  is open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 1-3 (open till 4 on music jam days.)

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