Galveston Historical Foundation
1892 Bishop's Palace
1892 Bishop's Palace

Spring Break at Bishop’s

Join us at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace for our new Spring Break at the Bishop’s programs. Classes are limited and are free with general admission to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway. Courses begin at 11:30 a.m. and will not last longer than an hour.


Bishop's Palace Spring Break

March 9
Victorian Fan Making (Max 15)

Join the 1892 Bishop’s Palace team as we stay cool during Spring Break and make our own Victorian hand fans! The project includes all material, but you should bring your own creativity. Each participant will go home with their own personally designed fan, no Galvestonian socialite would be caught out in the Texas heat without one!

March 10
Bishop’s Palace Calling Cards (Max 15)

Plan on visiting the 1892 Bishop’s Palace? Well, stay a while and make your own calling card! A fancy way to say you stopped by to say hi, calling cards were the height of Victorian paper craft. This project will include images of historical cards for inspiration and a little history with your day. Feel free to leave your card for display or take it home!

March 11
Decorative Découpage at Bishop’s Palace (Max 10)

Come on down to the 1892 Bishop’s palace and do some decorative decoupage with our docents! Born in the 18th century as an inexpensive way to cover furniture, the decoupage was a popular Victorian pastime. In this class, each participant will decorate their own box or small object to take home.

March 12
Histories First Flipbook! (Max 15)

As the 19th century came to a close, photographer Edward Muybridge created the first moving picture of a horse using a flipbook! Join us at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace as we learn about the beginnings of moving pictures and create our own flipbooks to take home!

March 13
Architecture is Sweet!
 (Max 10)

During this year’s Spring Break, join the Bishop’s Palace team as we learn about historical architecture in a tasty way! Participants will build their own houses out of cookies, candy, and frosting while they discover what it takes to keep a house standing.


The 1892 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 as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.


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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