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Looking Back to Look Forward: Part 4

Mar

18

Mrs. Cummer gave birth to a daughter on November 13,1909. Named DeEtte Holden Cummer, she sadly lived only seventeen days. With the death of their only child, the Cummers threw themselves into civic and charitable work. Mr. Cummer, who had become president of the Cummer Lumber Company upon his father’s death in 1909, served as […]

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Part 3

Feb

18

Arthur Gerrish Cummer, originally from Morley, Michigan, was born in 1873, the son of Wellington Wilson Cummer and Mary Ada Gerrish.  While attending the University of Michigan, Arthur met Ninah May Holden from Michigan City, Indiana. Born in 1875, she was one of the few women attending the university; she studied languages. After receiving her […]

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Ask the Curator…Anything!

Jan

28

Now, think about what you have always wanted to ask about The Cummer. Post your questions in the comments section below and Holly will take her favorites and respond in future blog postings.

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Part 2

Jan

21

The Cummers came from a long line of lumber barons, whose businesses stretched through Canada, Michigan, Virginia, and Florida. Wellington Willson Cummer (1846-1909) relocated the family from Morley, Michigan to Jacksonville, Florida and founded the Cummer Lumber Company in 1896.   They owned a modern sawmill and vast timber tracts in Baker, Alachua and Levy Counties, […]

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Looking Back to Look Forward: Museum History

Dec

31

On November 11, 1961, Jacksonville residents had their first look at the newly constructed Cummer Museum, built on the site of founders Arthur and Ninah Cummer’s Riverside Avenue home.

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