September 2014
Dear  members and friends of MMHS,

Cajun music fiddler and singer Dewey Balfa once said: "A culture is preserved one generation at a time." That sure is a true statement!

He also said:
"A culture is like a whole tree. You have to water the roots to keep the tree alive."

That is exactly what all of you do for Mandarin - you are helping to preserve Mandarin's culture by continuing to water the roots of our unique and fascinating history here in this beautiful place through your support of  and participation in our work at MMHS.

Thank you!

Smithsonian "Museum Day Live!"

at Walter Jones Historical Park


Mandarin Museum & Historical Society is participating in this special 2014 Smithsonian event - a day designed to encourage people to discover the wonderful museums - big and small - in their own communities. At Mandarin Museum admission is always free, but on September 27, visitors will receive the member discount on most museum store purchases. Be sure to come in to the museum to relax in the front porch rockers, have a cup of lemonade and some Birthday cake (the cake will be cut at noon) as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Mandarin Museum being in Walter Jones Historical Park!


From 11am to 4pm you will also get to meet Dr. Keith Holland and several of the divers who found the Union steamship shipwreck site and brought thousands of Civil War artifacts to the surface.  


The historic 1875 Webb farmhouse will be open for tours, as well the Losco Winery and the 1876 Barn. You may view the Wheeler Sawmill and see and learn about chickens at the hen house. Local musicians will entertain you with traditional music throughout the day. And you may meet our "butterfly lady" Betty Taylor at the butterfly garden where she will give you information and answer your questions about how to attract butterflies in north Florida.




Let your imagination take you on a journey back in time as you stroll through the beautiful park. Picture the steamboats coming up the St. Johns and arriving at the wharf with your mail and dry goods and imagine the Maple Leaf buried under the mud of the St. Johns, just around the bend. Then walk on out to County Dock and look for shore birds, manatees around the pilings or fish jumping in the water.


Click here  to obtain your free ticket and bring it with you.


The ticket indicates a two person limit, but since this is always a free venue, we invite you to bring as many people as you'd like with your ticket. As a gift for obtaining a ticket for Museum Day Live, you will receive the digital edition of Smithsonian magazine free for one year with no obligation, beginning with the October edition.


If you don't get a ticket...come anyway, no problem, but the ticket helps Smithsonian track the success of this program all over the country. And, it gives you that free in-line subscription! 




This wonderful event will consist of a variety of delicious food samplings as well as wine sampling stations and there will be up to a 15% discount on wines purchased, plus a Fresh Market coupon. A raffle and a silent auction will take place during the evening, featuring many interesting items and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses. If you have something you would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please let us know asap at 268-0784.


We need your help to sell our 300 tickets. Buy for yourself and  tell your friends and neighbors what a great event it is and how it supports the work of the Mandarin Museum. If you own a business, you might want to purchase several tickets to give to special clients and staff members.


Click here to buy tickets online or stop by Mandarin Museum any Saturday and buy one at the gift shop. Thank you in advance for your support.  


George Winterling in his garden
Joe Walsh (speaking) and Sam Folds

John Gaughan - WJXT photo

Third Thursday Lecture on Hurricane Dora

What a wonderful evening we had hearing from the weather Master, George Winterling, the stories of those who rode out the 1964 hurricane right here in Mandarin, and the current Chief Meteorologist at Channel 4, WJXT, John Gaughan.

On August 21 eighty five people packed the Mandarin Community Club for an eveing of education, stories and lots of laughs. Our great appreciation is extended to George, John and our life-long Mandarin residents and fabulous storytellers, Sam Folds and Joe Walsh. And to all of you who came out on a sweltering evening to be part of the "Mandarin Experience."
Check out some of the activities and videos of our friends

Sunday, August 31, 1-4 - "Picnic in the Park" at Alpine Groves Park in Switzerland, FL. Children's games, pets on leashes welcome, old fashioned fun.

Thursday, September 4, 6:30pm - "Dora Direct Hit", an exclusive preview of the upcoming Channel 4 WJXT documentary at the Old St. Andrew's, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Presented by the Jacksonville Historical Society, 665-0064,

From Historical Society of Orange Park -
Clay County Public Library Genealogy Program
7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8 in the Genealogy and Local History Room
Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd.
"City Directories: A Line by line Account of our Ancestors"

Florida Humanities Council - Memory, Myth and Memorial: The Lost Cause
Florida Humanities Council - Battle of Olustee
Florida Humanities Council - Orange Blossom Special by Gamble Rogers

Acoustic Music Jam was a blast!

The book signing and acoustic music jam session for Ron Johnson was held outside and inside the Store and Post Office on August 10. Over 60 people attended, playing and enjoying  some wonderful music.

Ron and his band have played at many MMHS events. His  book "North Florida Folk Music: History and Tradition" is now available at the museum gift shop.

August 30 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 11-4 
September 7 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 11-4
September 20 - Story Time at Mandarin Museum 
September 27 - Museum Day LIVE (Smithsonian Magazine). 10th Anniversary of Mandarin Museum in Walter Jones Historical Park, Meet the Maple Leaf Divers, all buildings open
October 5 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 11-4
October 18 - Story Time at Mandarin Museum - 1 PM
October 23 - Fresh Market Wine Gala  7:30 PM
October 25 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 11-4
November 16 - Meet the Maple Leaf Divers 11-4
November 20 - Third Thursday Lecture  6:30 PM 
December 6 - Winter Celebration, Meet the Maple Leaf Divers

Mandarin Museum is open every Saturday from 9-4 and the Mandarin Store and Post Office is open the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 1-3.

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Remembering Dora - Fifty Years Ago - Sept. 9 & 10, 1964
Church of Our Saviour and the Stowe Memorial Window destroyed

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