Galveston Historical Foundation

ELISSA: Living History

VOLUNTEERS THAT BECOME FAMILY BY ELISABETH CARROLL PARKS, #GALVESTONHISTORY CONTRIBUTOR istory is routinely confined to books or museums. It’s often best understood that way, from an invested but safe distance...

Playground of the Southwest is Born: Part II

Over the last two centuries in Galveston, as the world gained more leisure time and sought new ways to spend it, the beach’s inherent push and pull between thrill-seeking and relaxation produced a rich ecosystem of...

Playground of the Southwest is Born: Part I

From nude night swims to women’s revolt against woolen swim dresses, the origins of 19th and early 20th century sea bathing in Galveston is a Spring Break story worth telling.