The Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to its next 3rd on 3rd St Presentation on Friday, August 18th, at 6 pm. Our very special guest will be local author and historian Rob Hicks, who will deliver a presentation based on his latest book Legendary Locals of Amelia Island. Our island has been host to remarkable people throughout its 500-year history. These people are responsible for giving Amelia the distinction as the only place in the United States to have seen eight different flags. A new railroad followed the Civil War and brought those who sought to take advantage of the burgeoning shipping center. As opportunities waned, the island became a sleepy, blue collar community supported by the local paper mills. Prior to civil rights legislation desegregating the South, Fernandina’s American Beach flourished as an African American coastal community. Meanwhile, local visionaries oversaw tight-knit communities and set the stage for the large resorts that came to the island’s south end in the 1970s. Today, Amelia Island is a national tourist destination and home to a diverse of community of longtime residents and newcomers, both with remarkable talents and interesting stories to tell. This program is free for museum members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Seating is first-come/first-served. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Amelia Island Museum of History 233 S. 3rd St.
Rob Hicks is a lifelong local resident and historian. He has written multiple books about Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach and has completed a feature-length documentary about the history of the area. He has worked with the Florida State Archives, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and local families and residents to provide these images.