Galveston Historical Foundation Initiates Effort To Purchase 1892 Bishop's Palace
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) is launching an effort to raise funds for the purchase of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace. A generous grant from the Moody Foundation of $1.5 million and a $350,000 donation from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund helped kick off the campaign. Additional funds must be raised by the end of June in order to meet a closing date GHF agreed on with the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo strongly supports the goal of GHF to keep the Bishop’s Palace open for Galveston visitors under the ownership and stewardship of the foundation. The Archdiocese has pledged that any funds its receives from the sale of the Bishop’s Palace will be spent on Church projects on Galveston Island, including the restoration of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica. | more
Galveston Island Tours Plans Strand Historic District Walking Tour See firsthand the craftsmanship of some of Galveston’s earliest buildings and hear the stories of those who lived during that time at the upcoming Strand Historic District walking tour on Saturday, June 15. Cost is $8 per person and reservations can be made online or by calling 409-765-8687 or 888-425-8687. The tour starts at 9:30 a.m., departs from Hendley Market located at 2010 Strand and lasts approximately 1 and a half hours. more
Galveston Island Tours Announces Architectural History Shuttle Tour Galveston Island Tours, an affiliate of Galveston Historical Foundation, has announced its latest tour focusing on the architectural history of Galveston Island. Join Matt Farragher of GHF Preservation Services as he guides you through a showcase of the gorgeous buildings, churches and tree sculptures that Galveston Island lays claim to. Learn about the builders of these magnificent pieces of architecture as well as the history of the Island. Tours will focus on the East End Historical District and Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark Districts and will last approximately one hour. Registration is available here. | more
Galveston Historical Foundation Taking Nominations For 2013 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards
Galveston Historical Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2013 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, recognizing outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Marking a first for the annual awards, projects from across Galveston County are welcomed to be nominated. The annual award ceremony is named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition. Nomination forms are available online or by calling 409-765-3419. more
"Playground Of The Southwest" Now Available For Purchase
The book, the fifth in a series of publications produced by Galveston Historical Foundation and published by Arcadia Publishing Company, is available for sale online and at The Shop At The Palace, the Texas Seaport Museum and Pier 21 Theater.
"Galveston has a colorful and diverse history of tourism and recreation. The Playground book covers this long history with photographs captured from individuals, families, and a several major repositories..." more
Galveston Historical Foundation Offers Windstorm Exemption to all Galveston County Galveston Historical Foundation wants to remind residents that they have extended the Windstorm Exemption Program (WEA-1) to all of Galveston County through a grant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partners in the Field Program. The Texas Windstorm Exemption was made possible for all coastal counties by the Texas State Legislature in 1997. Since that time over 800 properties on Galveston Island have been listed.
The exemption will allow the building owner to replace damaged windows, shutters, doors, and other character defining elements... more