In 1890, Galveston finally received what it needed to become an economically competitive port: a 6.2 million dollar congressional appropriation to deepen the harbor. News of the appropriation sent Galveston into a flurry of spontaneous celebrations and a rush to plan six months’ worth of festivities called the Deep Water Jubilee.

Galveston did not successfully lobby congress alone. By working with other western cities and interests, they proved together that deep water at Galveston held national importance. As the farthest port with access to the Atlantic trade, Galveston and the West stood to gain handsomely from increased goods traveling through the harbor. Deep water meant larger ships carrying more cargo, making more money for the western states.

After over twenty years of planning, deep water was within Galveston’s reach. With banquets, oyster roasts and maritime excursions, Galveston set about thanking its many partners in November of 1890. In February, Galveston held one of her famous Mardi Gras events accompanied by a trades display parade. In April, Galveston hosted the biennial Saengerfest, which boasted three days of concerts by German music groups from across the state. The Deep Water Jubilee ended with the arrival of sitting President, Benjamin Harrison, who signed the bill into law, and all the pomp and circumstance befitting a presidential visit.

Join Galveston Historical Foundation in 2017 as we remember the city’s triumph. Featuring personal stories of individuals, events, educational programs and more, GHF celebrates Galveston’s Deep Water Jubilee.

DEEP WATER JUBILEE EVENTS

1892 BISHOP’S PALACE
OPEN HOUSE

1/1/2017 – 1-3 pm – FREE

DETAILS


DEEP WATER JUBILEE
LECTURE AT MENARD HALL

1/21/2017 – 4:30 pm – FREE

FREE RSVP


MENARDI GRAS! AT
MENARD HOUSE

2/10/2017 – 5:30 pm – $55-$95

DETAILS

 


DEEP WATER JUBILEE
BOOK CLUB

2/22/2017 – 12 pm – FREE

DETAILS


DEEP WATER JUBILEE
HARBOR TOUR

3/4/2017 – 4-5 pm – $10

RSVP


CONCERT AT THE
1859 ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH

4/2/2017 – 2 pm – FREE

FREE RSVP


DEEP WATER JUBILEE
HARBOR TOUR

3/4/2017 – 10 am – $10

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“GABION-MAKING”
HISTORY ON TAP

4/8/2017 – 5:30 pm – $30

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GILDED AGE
ARCHITECTURE TOUR 

4/29/2017 – 5:30 pm – $30

RSVP

 

 


PEOPLE OF THE
JUBILEE LECTURE

6/9/2017 – 12 pm – FREE

FREE RSVP

2 Responses

  1. Michael Wonio

    PEOPLE OF THE
    JUBILEE LECTURE
    6/9/2017 – 4:30 pm – FREE

    Correct time is 12-1:30?

    Reply

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