MANDARIN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mandarin Winter Celebration honors 6 local WWII vets on Pearl Harbor Day
This year's Winter Celebration at the Walter Jones Historical Park falls on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and the event's organizers are using the day to honor six local World War II veterans. This annual free event has become a family tradition for many and is well known for opportunities to learn about some exciting local history, enjoy good music and just have some plain old-fashioned fun, organizers said. This date is also the 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, the day that began America's entry into World War II. A special program called "Mandarin Remembers Pearl Harbor" will run from 11:15 a.m. to noon, honoring the veterans with music, a flag ceremony and reenactors. For more, go to http://www.mandarinmuseum.net/events/winter-celebration.
Best local history museum: Mandarin Museum and Historical Society
JACKSONVILE, Fla. - You might be surprised to learn there's quite a bit of history in Mandarin, and the 2019 winner for best local history museum is the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society! It was founded in 1989 by a group of citizens concerned with the loss of historical structures in Mandarin and interested in preserving and celebrating the rich heritage and history of the area. RELATED: 2019 JaxBest Winners Guide"Since the opening of the museum, the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society has enhanced the original exhibits so visitors can explore some of the people and events that shaped the Mandarin community from the areas early history as a Timucua village site to the mid 20th century," the website reads. Some of the exhibits include the wreck of the Civil War steamboat Maple Leaf and writer Harriet Beecher Stowes life in Mandarin. The museum also includes a museum shop, the Mandarin archives, and an art gallery that exhibits the works of famed local artists such as Memphis Wood and Charlie Brown.