Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Appeal to and FOR Memberships


It's membership renewal season! be looking for letters in the next month to renew your annual membership or give a donation.. Or you can go ahead and mail it to P.O. Box 265 Jay, Florida 32565, or go to our website and pay via PayPal.

Annual individual Membership:  $25
Annual Couple Membership:      $30
Lifetime Individual Membership:  $250
Lifetime Couple Membership:      $300

Please reach out! We would love for you to get involved! We need volunteers of all abilities and interests!

We would like to the family of  Linda Fay Nelson for donating her works on Family History/Genealogy of the area. We are working to get them all logged in our inventory and displayed. 

2023 Ornament-  Our annual Christmas Ornament has arrived. They are currently available at the museum for a $10 donation. Due to the rain at Joy in Jay we still have quite a few of these. 

T-shirt - These will be available in limited quantity by mid November for donation ranging from $25- $30 depending on size.. The will be available in S, M, L, Xl, 2Xl & 3XL

Check out our website at www.jayhistoricalsociety.org , on Facebook & TikTok.

We are always looking for more to get involved. if you feel led to participate and contribute we have a role to  make the most of your time and talents!

Volunteer Needs:
Carpentry - to help with pioneer village projects  & ramp to storage building
Docents to man the museum on Fridays and Saturdays
Volunteers for Trick or Treat in the street & Joy in Jay
Social Media

Come see us we are open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-2pm or by private appointment. I can be reached at 850-554-2941.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Presenting Dr. David Smith and the Jay Hospital History

 An Audio presentation of Dr. David Smith's history of Jay Hospital.  February 2024, Jay, FL

In this engaging episode, we delve in-depth into the glorious narrative surrounding the long-standing Jay Hospital. Set against the backdrop of the Jay Museum in 2024, our story is narrated by Dr. David Smith, a stalwart of the institution who has been associated with it for decades. (YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP ahead 5 MIN after the Intro at the Museum)

From its humble beginning in 1961 to overcoming challenges and adversities, Jay Hospital is a beacon of hope and an embodiment of persevering spirit. The episode underscores the remarkable growth and expansion of this healthcare institution, thanks to the resolute efforts by individuals like Dr. David Smith and Dr. Durrell Peden.

We also spotlight the hospital's tremendous contribution to the local economy, its commitment to charity work, and its plans for becoming a critical access hospital. The remarkable accounts of numerous physicians, including Dr. Metz, Dr. Wheat, and Dr. Bittman play a pivotal part in the narrative, reflecting a rich tapestry of dedication and service.

Further, the episode highlights the fruitful collaborations with entities such as Baptist Hospital and Florida State University's rural physician program.

Most captivatingly, we navigate through the personal journey of Dr. David Smith. His transition from a small-town boy to a revered healthcare professional is marked by humor, human touch, and relentless dedication. His heartfelt anecdotes and commitment to the welfare of his community make for an immersive and inspiring podcast experience.

Join us as we unearth the values, vision, and humor that went into building the Jay Hospital's remarkable legacy. This is more than just a journey—it's a lesson in resilience, a tribute to exceptional care, and a salute to community service.

Saturday, July 1, 2023

July 2023 Report

Here we are in the middle of summer, July we will be taking a break from our Monthly meeting since its so close to the Independence Day holiday.

If you are in the Jay area, Town of Jay will be having Fireworks again this year on the 4th around 8:45pm  to be shot from the park as they have been for the last several decades

In June we had our  part 4 of the oilfield series and we talked to Donna & Duane Diamond, 2nd generation of Cobb's Welding Service they celebrated their 50th year of service to the oilfield and community.

 Click here to watch Duane & Donna's story


We also lost our dear friend and board member Wayne Godwin  on June 13, 2023.  We are grateful for his service, wisdom and energy he brought to the society.  He will be greatly missed.
Because of this, we are asking for nominations for board members.  Please email you nomination to jayhistoricalsociety@gmail.com  

Board meeting  Saturday July 8th 9am ( all are welcome to attend)

We are kicking off Volume 2 of Tastes and Tales of the Great Pine Level! we need your family stories, recipes and pictures!
There are many ways you can  get us your submission!
1. You can complete you submission via this google forms link https://forms.gle/C9Yg8mH4FPJx3hbX8
2. you can email it to jayhistoricalsociety@gmail.com
3. drop it by the museum
4. mail it to us at Jay Historical Society P.O. Box 265 Jay, FL 32565

Our fundraisers help us maintain the museum operations and buildings. We are still  actively planning our pioneer homestead and pursuing grants and donations.

Our goal is to have this complete and printed by October. Just in time for the Peanut Festival and Munson Heritage Festival.

Please also check out our website at www.jayhistoricalsociety.org .

We are always looking for more to get involved. if you feel led to participate and contribute we have a role to  make the most of your time and talents!

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day! 

Come see us we are open Fridays & Saturdays 10am-2pm or by private appointment. I can be reached at 850-554-2941.


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Saturday, May 4, 2019

AUDIO of our Talks and more history talks

THIS is a collection of audio from JHS, GSSRC and other sources that relate to history -- mostly of this area but other topics as well. Presented by buzzcreek.com.  I hope you enjoy them.  Select \by file name. As time goes on - perhaps we will find time to sort and file with an index.  File names should guide you to some great talks at this point.  Sometimes and some systems - it is better to DOWNLOAD the file to your computer to play the audio ... but some will figure out the apps you need to play it directly from the cloud.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Tasty History

 Imagine for a moment if you would, what it would mean to step back into a favorite memory.  A memory captured in your heart... but had roots in someone else's imagination and began with someone else's creation. Just such a creation appeared at the April 11th, 2019 monthly meeting of the Jay Historical Society.  It was presented by our very own Teresa Dobson. She graciously has shared her recipe with me (good things come to those who ask 😋) for the purpose of starting this food blog. A special food blog for those interested visitors to our page that want to create their own favorite memory knowing that the

Thank you Teresa for this memory making,
melt in your mouth creation!!!
Hickory & Brown Sugar Italian Meatballs – Teresa Dobson
Okay… so I don’t have some fancy “my mama’s mama who’s first cousin removed gave me this recipe” story, but I did stumble upon a great mix of two favorite ways to make Italian meatballs.   So here it is!...with a few variations.   Then of course I made it my own by adding a special finishing touch…BBQ!
·         1 lb. ground chuck 85/15
·         ½ lb ground pork
·         2 eggs (whisked)
·         4 slices of Italian bread (5 oz)
·         1 cup bread crumbs (Italian seasoned or garlic flavored…take your pick)
·         4 TBSP grated parmesan
·         ½ tsp garlic salt
·         1 tsp salt
·         Pinch of black pepper
·         2 TBSPs chopped fresh parsley
·         Optional to add depending on your likes:  Red pepper flakes, Italian herb seasoning, Onions (finely chopped) The optional ingredients are preference, but for mine I use red pepper flakes and herb seasoning, sprinkled lightly in the mix.
·         1 to 2 large bottles of Sweet Baby Rays Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ sauce (to your liking)
Preheat oven to 375.
Soak the bread in cold water for about five minutes, ringing out the excess water and pulling the bread apart with your fingers.  Some people use milk as substitute for water, but I prefer water.  Again, it’s up to you! 
Combine the meat, eggs, and parsley in a large bowl.  Add the bread.  Then add the dry bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic salt, and salt. (And any optional ingredients from the list).  You want to mix it together until just combined.  Now to stiffen them up a bit if you need to you can refrigerate first for about an hour then cook.
Using a cookie/ice cream scoop, scoop out the meatballs onto wax paper and then roll them into consistent balls.  Using the ice cream scooper is just easier to have them be the same size.
Place them on a cookie cooling rack.  Place that rack on a baking sheet that is lined in aluminum foil.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until you can cut into a meatball in the middle of the rack and not see pink.   *Pour barbecue sauce over the meatballs and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes as oven temperatures may vary.
Prep time:  15 minutes / Cook Time: 40-50 minutes / Total Time:  About an hour / Servings:  24 meatballs
*Note:  If you want to freeze the meatballs leave out the BBQ sauce and thaw them (at a later date) in a crock pot.   Add the barbecue sauce and cook in a crock pot on medium for 3 hours. 😊
        And of course, a major hit at the meeting were
Wayne and Brenda Cook's pecans. 
Perhaps they will share the recipe in a future post.
Thank you everyone
 for your tasty contributions that made our
April meeting a glorious success! 

Sunday, April 14, 2019


We are adding to this blog - the ability to author, edit and manage the blog for three more people. This is important to have several open to make changes or post to the blog. This "SHOULD" become one of the KEY ways to make announcements.. Once in the blog -- it is easy to share the post to social media or email and other media.   We are not limited to FB.  It also makes a concise way to get news posts out to NewsPAPER media in an email.  Photos and links to photos and more information can easily be editied into any post on any topic.    AND in the future the posts are easy to find and if needed RE-POST or edit and repost ....  Blogs are easy to use --- They are as simple as any word processor.  .....

HERE is our upcomming LANDING PAGE for our WEBSITE....
............. the plan is to make the URL  for jayhistoricalsociety dot org ... go to THIS PAGE.  It will be also accessible by a team of editors -- probably same people as the blog uses.....  Our existing website will remain in place and support background information just as it does now.


New author / editor status are going to
Marley Brown
Bobby Boutwell

One you sign in with your OWN gmail log in
you will have access anytime with that login.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A REMEMBRANCE MAY 25 (memorial)

One of our young men from Santa Rosa County died fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. 

OD Harris was one of the younger brothers of the Harris family.  His youngest brother, Hoover Harris held possession of his posthumous purple heart - hoping to find a way to honor him in memoriam.  

Mrs. Lillian (Cook) Harris who was widowed in recent years, has taken his wishes to heart and found members of the Harris family who will help to transfer  to the Jay Museum-- with honors -- this symbol of sacrifice.  

On May 25 and 11 AM  this service and ceremony with take place. Kirby Harris is the presenter of the medal and materials. He is the grand-nephew of OD Harris.  

More information in these files....

We will also recognized others whose lives were given in service
in our nation's wars. But this ceremony is especially
to preserve this remembrance.