Upcoming Events & Meetings

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    Karpeles Manuscript Library in Jacksonville, FL

    Ottis Toole

    Depending on your source, you’ll hear that Ottis Toole was a serial killer, a cannibal, a secret agent and spy, a Satanist. You might hear that he, alongside his lover Henry Lee Lucas, murdered hundreds of people. You’ll certainly hear he killed Adam Walsh, the young son of John Walsh, who went on to host the TV show America’s Most Wanted. 

    Toole grew up in Springfield in the 1960s and ’70s and loved to set old houses on fire, but it’s quite possible that everything else you’ve heard about Ottis Toole is wrong. So who was Ottis Toole really? How did he conform to what people wanted him to be? And what does what we believe about him say instead about us?

    In addition to speaking about Ottis Toole, Tim Gilmore will provide a sneak peek of his upcoming book, It’s called Murder Capital: Seven Stories, 1890s-1980s and touch upon the sensationalist trial of Marie Louise Gato, who was shot at her Springfield home at 2112 Silver Street in the 1890s. 

    Tim Gilmore writes about the haunted South. Gilmore is the author of 19 books, including Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic. Gilmore is the founder of JaxbyJax, a literary arts festival, and the writer and creator of www.jaxpsychogeo.com. Gilmore teaches Literature and Writing at Florida State College, where he was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville named Gilmore the 2018 Literary Artist of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida.

    The doors will open at 5:30 pm, the program will run from 6-7 pm.

    All Speaker Series events are free, but registration is required.

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Hyperion Brewing Company in Jacksonville, FL

    August 18 - The COA Process and Renovating Porches in Historic Districts

    Historic properties have unique charm, craftsmanship and a special process to renovate them. Both residential and commercial renovations within Historic Districts of Jacksonville require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the City of Jacksonville. Learn about that process, what requires a COA and what does not, and how to be most efficient with your time when it comes to renovating a historic property.

    You will also learn about the guidelines the Jacksonville Planning and Development Department uses to determine the appropriateness of renovating porches in Historic Districts.  If you're planning to renovate your home and/or you’re considering making alterations to your porch, you don't want to miss this workshop!

    The doors will open at 5:30 pm, the program will run from 6-7 pm.

    All workshops are free, but registration is required.


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