Amelia Island Museum of History’s

Heritage Keepers Project

The Heritage Keepers Project is one our oral history projects. It focuses on local history – the history of Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, and Nassau County.

Through this project we aim to tell a more complete story of area growth and the role/impact of all socio-economic groups, to remember not just successful people who influenced development, but also those who were affected by it. We seek to include challenging times as well as successes in order to enable people to appreciate and learn from a more complete history.

Our collection focuses mainly on subjects such as:

African American life and influence: to gain a better record of African American life and influence which has been largely overlooked

  • Jim Crow decades and segregation in the area
  • Desegregation implementation and its effects
  • Current life and future…

Fernandina’s Industrial History:  to understand the impact on island economy, cultural and natural ecology

  • Railroad/Port
  • Shrimping/fishing industry
  • Paper mills

Evolution of Tourism Development: to understand forces behind population migration to the coasts

  • American Beach, The Plantation, the Marinas
  • Historic preservation: Downtown, Ft. Clinch, Oldtown, Cemeteries, Parks and Nature preserves

For more information please contact Summer Bias by phone: (904) 261-7378 x 102 or by email:

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