Each year, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand invites descendants of the festival’s namesake to the island. This year, GHF welcomes Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great granddaughter, and Jane Dickens Monk, great-great-granddaughter to the annual Victorian event. To welcome them, a special champagne reception will be held in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace on Thursday, November 30 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.
“Spending the first weekend of December in Texas has become the highlight of my Dickensian calendar! I’m really looking forward to returning to Dickens on the Strand this year and to seeing all the familiar faces and meeting friends again,” says Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. “I have really enjoyed seeing how much the festival has expanded in recent years and to taking part in so many events. I am looking forward to working on children’s events again this year, as well as to the parades and book signings. If you’re coming to Galveston this December, come and say hello to me and my cousin Jane Dickens Monk.”
Jane Dickens Monk continues, “This is my sixthyear at Dickens on The Strand and I’m just as excited about it as the first time I attended. There always seems to be new events to see and do, as well as the ones that everyone loves, like the fantastic parades which I’m always thrilled to be part of. Coming from the UK, I always keep my fingers crossed for some wonderful Texas weather for the weekend of Dickens. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
ABOUT THE 1892 BISHOP’S PALACE
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.
The house was built from 1887 to 1892 for Colonel Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine, with whom he had nine children. The small lot and oversized house make it an anomaly among similar houses of its period and architectural style. In Galveston’s great period of mansion building – the 1870s, 80s and 90s – Gresham’s commission of Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier architect, resulted in Clayton’s most spectacular residential design and arguably the finest of the “Broadway beauties.”