Galveston Historical Foundation
Seaport Spring Break

Seaport Spring Break Classes

Join the Texas Seaport Museum this March for our Seaport Spring Break workshop series. Classes are limited to 20 people and are free with general admission to the Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 22 Harborside. Courses are held dockside unless otherwise noted and begin at 11:30 a.m.


March 9
Sailor’s Knots: Figure 8 Bracelets (30 min)

Come try your hand at some fancy work! This class will focus on the more decorative knots you see aboard ELISSA. Participants will tie their own Figure 8 bracelet to take home!

March 10
Set a Sail (Max 15)
(45 min)

What life was like for a sailor in the 1800s? Join our volunteer crew in setting a sail at dock! Learn the language of seafaring, how to work as a group, and what it took to make it out at sea!

March 11
Meal Time on the Main
(30 min)

Experience food on the high seas. This program discusses the various cooking methods while at sea, as well as a hardtack cooking class! Who can make the best tasting biscuits?

March 12
Sing like a sailor!
(30 min)

Working as a team and pulling lines together was an important part of being a 19th-century sailor and music kept the beat! As a group, we’ll learn some traditional sea shanties and how they were used aboard ships throughout the ages

March 13th
Let’s Talk Trash

ELISSA and her crew are supporters of NAMEPA’s PLASTIC PLEDGE! This program will discuss marine debris and how you can help save our oceans from more pollution. We will be making reusable recycled T-shirt Bags for you to take home. Please bring an old adult-sized T-shirt.


Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrap yard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a sea port and active waterfront.


GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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