The Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) is an IRS 501.c.3 Approved Non-Profit that owns the Jacksonville Naval Musuem (JNM).

The JHNSA was first established to create the USS Charles F. Adams Naval Ship Museum. The Navy in 2019 decided not to donate the Adams. When this news broke, the JHNSA was contacted by the USS Orleck Naval Museum. Since January of 2020, JHNSA has visited the Orleck multiple times and spent over $770,000 toward the quest of the Orleck as Jacksonville’s first naval museum ship. It is projected to spend approximately $2.8 million to bring the Orleck Museum Ship to Jacksonville to become the center piece exhibit of the Jacksonville Naval Museum.

Jacksonville Naval Museum

During this time the JHNSA Mission and Vision changed to better suit the Jacksonville community and future stability of museum operations. The museum operating name would be rebranded to “Jacksonville Naval Museum” with the future goal of representing a larger part of Jacksonville’s Navy history. That, to include an establishment of an Adams Memorial, the sail of the deactivated USS Jacksonville submarine, and hopefully naval aircraft to make a well-rounded naval historical museum. These several attractions would increase the overall STEM + History education opportunities and increase the connection to more navy veterans.

Future programing of the Jacksonville Naval Museum may include:

· Tours
· Overnight Stays
· History Education
· Rent-a-ship
· Veteran Group Meetings
· Field Trips
· Military Functions
· Special Events
· Haunted Ship
· Conventions
· Youth Group Visits
· STEM Education
· Team Building Events
· Laser Tag
· And more!

JHNSA Mission Statement:

Part One of Mission:

The mission of Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association (JHNSA) is to acquire the funds necessary to provide an interactive warship museum of naval military history and military heritage for visitors worldwide, to educate in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math plus History (STEM+H), and to inspire future generations of heroes and patriots.

Part Two of Mission:

The Vision of the JHNSA, through the Jacksonville Naval Museum (JNM), is to operate a world class collection of naval artifacts that represents the rich naval heritage of the United States, city of Jacksonville, and surrounding areas. The JNM could include, but not limited to, aircraft, ships, submarines, and a building to contain naval and maritime artifacts, exhibits, and other historic documents. With our Mission and Vision in mind, our three key ethos: Honor, Inspire, and Service.

Part Three of Mission:

Honor Past Generations. We will never forget what those from our past have done and will strive to the best of our ability to honor them through ceremonies, visuals, and related historical exhibits.

Part Four of Mission:

Inspire Future Generations. We will provide educational benefit to younger generations to include, but not limited to the following subject areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and History. Through this teaching we will inspire patriotism by reflecting on the heroics of past generations.

Part Five of Mission:

Serve the Community. We will be ambassadors of our community supporting the city to make it a better place to live for all people and give back however and whenever we can. Additionally, the naval museum will serve as a location for Veterans and our community to gather and connect.

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