A HISTORY OF TEXAS IMMIGRATION – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AT KEMPNER PARK
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Book your passage now for the second annual Galveston Heritage Festival! Enjoy the music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and associations throughout the day while learning more about the early days of Galveston’s immigration movement.
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A wide range of religious traditions and building styles will be featured, highlighting the island’s rich religious heritage while showcasing the depth and range of Galveston’s sacred architecture. Get your tickets today!
RECORD YOUR HERITAGE
Guests to this year’s festival will have the opportunity to record their own heritage as part of the StoryCorps.me program. This program was created as a global platform for listening, connecting, and sharing stories of the human experience.
SHARE YOUR HISTORY
Did your family lineage immigrate through Galveston? Does your family history include a unique artifact, photo or item that you want to put on display? It could be one of 50 items that will be selected from the public for this temporary exhibit.
Known as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Galveston’s port was a primary point of entry for numerous immigrants settling in the western United States. These groups would go on to found and grow many communities throughout the southern United States, and beyond. The Galveston Heritage Festival will celebrate those early pioneers.
“GHF will celebrate the island’s rich heritage by recognizing the people and cultures that came to Galveston in the 19th and 20th centuries,” explains Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director. “This inaugural event kicks off a concerted effort by GHF to capture individual and family stories for almost 200 years. We see this as the first of many annual events to recognize local cultural entities and welcome back groups from across the state with ties to Galveston Island.”