Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Mandarin Community Club
May 19 at 7 PM

SCOTT MATTHEWS: What Makes Jacksonville Unique? A Historical Reflection on the City’s Bicentennial

Dr. Scott Matthews, professor of history at FSCJ, will reflect on the 200th anniversary of the founding of Jacksonville by exploring what has made the area’s history, culture, and identity unique. Using images, audio, and video, he will draw examples from more than four centuries of northeast Florida history and focus on a couple of important themes: how our area has functioned as a contested borderland between empires and as a cultural crossroads, a place that’s both a part of Florida and the Deep South and distinct from them. He will also talk about how these topics relate to a new course he will be teaching at FSCJ this fall on the history of Jacksonville. This course will be accessible to the wider public in 2023 and he hopes it will help promote community conversations about the relevance and importance of local history.

Dr. Matthews is a professor of history at Florida State College at Jacksonville.  He has taught at FSCJ since 2015. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia and has taught previously at UVA, Hollins University, and Georgia State University. His first book, Capturing the South: Imagining America’s Most Documented Region, which explores the history of documentary photography and film in the American South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2018. He grew up in Mandarin and graduated from Mandarin High School in 1994, but now lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife Meredith and eight-year-old daughter Leighton.