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Galveston Historical Foundation
Educational and Group Tours
Welcome Winter Texans! Now that you’ve escaped the cold winter by heading south, it’s island time! Galveston Historical Foundation welcomes you with these specially created tours.

Winter Texan Programs

Welcome Winter Texans! Now that you’ve escaped the cold winter by heading south, it’s island time! Galveston Island’s tropical climate and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico provide the relaxing escape you’ve been longing for. Yet, you’ll feel right at home with the small town culture and southern hospitality found on this historic island. Exploring in Galveston is easy to do as the island offers 32 miles of beaches, world-class attractions and adventure opportunities. Galveston Historical Foundation welcomes you with these specially created Winter Texan tours.

Registration is not necessary for these tours.

1859 ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and was built by German immigrants in 1859. Now de-sanctified and managed by Galveston Historical Foundation, the gothic revival church is distinguished by its elaborately detailed coffered wooden ceiling, delicately painted wooden sanctuary, original pews, and hand-carved altars.

1838 MENARD HOUSE

1838 Menard HouseTuesday, February 25, 2020
10 a.m.

The house, built in 1838 and the oldest on the island, is in the Greek revival style. The furniture and furnishings, with few exceptions, all date from the first half of the 19th century (1800-1850s). They are of the federal, empire, regency, Biedermeier, and William IV styles, as interpreted by American, English, French and German artisans. Carpets and upholstery fabrics are reproductions appropriate for the period.

ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Galveston Historical Foundation (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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