Galveston Island: First Steps in America
Galveston Historical Foundation will open in spring 2014 a new exhibit on immigration through the Port of Galveston from the early 19th century through the middle of the 20th century. The exhibit will include a collection of immigrant experiences and artifacts highlighted in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin during the exhibits debut there in 2009.
In 2008, Galveston Historical Foundation engaged internationally renowned public artist, Mary Miss of New York, to develop an introductory installation in Galveston that recognizes the legacy of immigration through our port city. Mary Miss’s concept is to capture the immigrants’ stories through a program entitled First Steps.
First Steps is an art installation as well as an opportunity for descendants of immigrants to network with other descendants through the Texas Seaport Museum in the future. Galveston Historical Foundation is interested in continuing to collect immigration stories and artifacts that relate to Galveston as a point of entry and allow us to interpret our rich history in future exhibits.
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Members of the public who would like to share their own family’s Galveston immigration story are invited to do so online, by clicking here.