JOHN SMITH, GHF PRESIDENT 2017-2018

Welcome to a new year of great historic preservation in Galveston, overseen by your organization, Galveston Historical Foundation, and governed by an incredible staff of professionals directed by Dwayne Jones.

This recent year, with Monty Bludworth as President, saw some exciting developments. A brief recap includes the reclassification of ELISSA, the Heritage Festival, Hendley Green park, Hendley Row building and the continued salvation and rehabilitation of many historic properties.

Each year, Dwayne and his staff endeavor to bring new ideas to the public in continuation of its mission of preservation and education of history here on Galveston Island. At the same time, the responsibility remains for managing existing properties such as Bishops Palace and Garten Verein, the administration of a large financial budget, fundraising for sustainability, and the implementation of our annual events such as Dickens on The Strand, Historic Homes Tour and Plankowners. Some of the new ideas for this year include events, new buildings to preserve and the development of a program proposed a few years ago.

First, the Tall Ship Festival. After many hours of planning, Galveston Island will be visited on April 5th through the 8th by several preserved Tall Ships from around the world. Not only is this an opportunity for GHF to raise funds for the future preservation of its own Tall Ship, ELISSA, this is an opportunity for the public to visit and explore our maritime history.

Second, we have an opportunity to obtain the Galveston, Houston & Henderson Railroad depot at 33rd and Market. This building is a prime choice to house our Galveston History Project as well as serve as organizational storage and retail storage. Plans are also continuing to preserve the 1903 Engine House No. 3 at 2828 Market Street.

Third, as mentioned and after a lot of effort, the Galveston History Project is closer to becoming reality. This history-themed exhibition and interactive tour will allow visitors to learn what it was like to live in Galveston during its heyday as a vital immigrant port.

All of this could not happen without you – our members, volunteers and supporters. We thank you and encourage you to continue your involvement.