Ambition drove people of all occupations to the barren island of Galveston in the 1800s. Starting businesses, schools and churches, early Galveston settlers staked their futures on the uncertain success of the port. For the next eight months, Galveston Historical Foundation will examine the founding of Galveston by the Galveston City Company and the first two decades of the city’s existence with “Harbor City Ambition; Life in Galveston from 1838-1859”. Using personal stories of individuals who lived and visited the city during those formative years, this new program will feature numerous GHF properties and events while showcasing the cities incredible early history.
October 5, 12 p.m.
Learn about Mrs. Gresham’s, original occupant of Bishop’s Palace, active involvement with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, her contributions to the organization, and the reception she hosted at Bishop’s Palace for the veterans of the San Jacinto Battle.
HARBOR CITY TYCOONS
October 8, 6:30 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to be an 1840s land speculator? Held at Hendley Green, you’re invited to come play in our Harbor City Tycoons Tournament, GHF’s custom-made real estate board game, for your chance to prove your business savvy..
October 15, 9 & 10:15 a.m.
Beginning in 1839 with the donation of four square blocks of land, the grouping of cemeteries on the central boulevard of Galveston has grown to include seven separate cemeteries within their gates. Join GHF for this fantastic tour of Galveston’s past led by Foundation staff!
FEATURED COLLECTION ITEM
As an inventor and customs collector living in Galveston, Gail Borden invented condensed milk in order to combat food contamination. The company he founded is better known today as Borden’s Dairy Company, which still produces Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk.