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. 


Mandarin Museum is delighted to present Our Mandarin Neighbors, a four-part series featuring residents from the Mandarin community whose poignant stories highlight our rich diversity.

February 15, 2024, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Please join Mandarin Museum as Irene Jaffa and her son, Andrew, share their family’s harrowing story of Holocaust survival and immigration to the United States at the end of WWII. This presentation is in partnership with the LJD Jewish Family & Community Services.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Our Mandarin Neighbors.

ARTIST BRENDA COUNCILL: Celebrating 50 Years
November 9, 2023

With a career spanning 50 years, Councill made a name for herself in Jacksonville with her popular series of limited edition prints and drawings of historic Mandarin homes and sites. Since, she has explored diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Now internationally known, her work is in corporate, private, and public collections in the United States and around the globe. As a longtime former resident of Mandarin, her heart has remained with the community she holds dear. Her current project focuses on creating the first and only life-sized sculpture of Harriet Beecher Stowe to be installed in Walter Jones Historical Park. A scale model of the proposed bronze sculpture is currently on display in the Stowe Gallery at Mandarin Museum.

GREG HOLBROOK: The Murray/Sheldon Family of Mandarin & New Smyrna
August 17, 2023

Greg Holbrook, Executive Director of the New Smyrna Museum of History, presented on the Murray/Sheldon family, early 19th-century residents of Mandarin. Originally from Philadelphia, George Murray was a well-known engraver. The family also owned land grants in Mandarin and New Smyrna. Mr. Murray died young, and his wife and children came to Mandarin alone. Their daughter, Jane Murray, married John Dwight Sheldon in what is now Walter Jones Historical Park. Jane and Dwight buried three children on the land before selling the property in 1840. They moved to New Smyrna where they became well-known and distinguished citizens.

WAYNE WOOD: Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage
May 18, 2023

Wayne Wood presented an intriguing slide presentation based on his new book, Jacksonville’s Architectural Heritage: Bicentennial Edition, as well as stories and little-known facts about some of the city’s most interesting buildings.