LIVING WITH HISTORY AND LOOKING TO A SAFER FUTUREWe are all adjusting to a new way of living. At least for the next few weeks, if not longer, we may find ourselves with a more contemplative time that could be directed toward productive experiences. You may be homeschooling children or chatting within adult circles, but we are all looking for ways to extend the conversation to the future when things are better.
As #galvestonhistory responds to the Coronavirus, we are taking the opportunity that social distancing gives us to connect closer to each of you. GHF will be offering numerous online learning and sharing opportunities. These will include Facebook live lectures, special Instagram takeovers, and more. Our staff and board are available to answer questions about Galveston’s architectural and maritime history, trace the lives of Galvestonians, and discuss current and upcoming historic preservation initiatives on the island and beyond. Please join us as we brace for our new “lives” and travel through unexplored territory.
SOLO ACOUSTIC LIVE CONCERTS
Saturday, March 28 – 7-8 p.m. – Facebook Group
No stranger to Galveston, or performing in many of our historic locations, Drew Kennedy will share his songs and reflections on historic Galveston Island with our online audience.
Over the next month, #galvestonhistory will be opening its Instagram account to staff and special guests, to show off their favorite perspectives of Galveston Island. Follow us @galvestonhistory for daily updates!
Denise Alexander (GHF Staff)
Margaret Doran (Resident)
Michael Guillot (GHF Staff)
Rosenberg Library Takeover Swap
FACEBOOK LIVE LECTURES
Join us for a series of live Facebook lectures straight from Galveston Historical Foundation’s offices in the 1860 Hendley Building! Lectures will cover a variety of Galveston-focused topics and will have ample time for Q&A as well.
Friday, March 20
Long before there was COVID-19, Galveston faced a daunting task of addressing a quickly expanding Bubonic Plague outbreak. Learn about the story and steps taken to stop it.
Friday, March 27
Although not always for everyone, we hear that some people enjoy a drink during stressful times. We’ll be featuring the history and recipe for one of our favorite drinks during this virtual happy hour.
Friday, April 3
The Galveston Island Beach Revue celebrates 100 years in 2020 and although this year’s event has been postponed, it’s always a great time to step back to the island’s vintage past.
Thursday, April 9
Take a sneak peek into Galveston Historical Foundation’s newest attraction! Ship to Shore will debut later this year at our Galveston Historic Seaport and you get the first look.
#GALVESTONHISTORY BOOK CLUB
Take a break from all of that social distancing and spend some time learning about timely topics and historic connections to Galveston Island. Our monthly book club will culminate in an online gathering where we discuss the topics and themes of each month’s selection. The titles chosen are also available in digital formats for ease of downloading. Be sure to follow the Facebook links below each to join in the reading community.
Looking for ideas on how to keep your children’s learning momentum going while faced with a lack of class time? We’ve posted some of our lesson plans from our Galveston Historic Seaport. Although some reference items directly at the museum, all can be used to fit into your current educational plans.
This Education Packet reflects Galveston Historical Foundation’s mission to broaden public awareness of maritime preservation and the seafaring legacy of Texas and the Gulf Coast.
This program provides students with the opportunity to experience marine biology in a hands-on floating classroom.
This program provides students with the opportunity to experience history and mathematics through hands-on learning. This Educator’s Packet has been developed to enhance your class visit to the Texas Seaport Museum.
By analyzing, researching and observing the documents and information provided, students will gain a better understanding of maritime history.
SITES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
GHF is adhering to CDC guidelines with respect to public gatherings and sites will follow directives of civil authorities as issued. On Monday, March 16, the City of Galveston issued a ban on special events of over 50 people until June 1, 2020. As such, all special events during that timeframe are rescheduled or postponed. We will update this page with new dates as we know them.
At this time, all GHF sites are closed by order of the City of Galveston. As the city reevaluates conditions, we will update with site openings and hours.
- Basement to Attic Tours (March 28 and April 11) – Cancelled. There are no changes to future dates at this time.
- 2020 ELISSA Day Sails (April 3-5 & 9-12) – Rescheduled to June, details TBA
- Viewing of ELISSA Day Sails Via Seagull II ( ) – Rescheduled to June, details TBA
- 46th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour (May 1-3 & 8-10) – Postponed, new dates TBA.
- 12th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue (May 15 & 16) – Postponed, new dates TBA.
- ELISSA Sundowner Party (April 4) – Rescheduled to June 6.
- Mike McClure Acoustic at 1858 St. Joes (June 5) – No change at this time.
- World Oceans Day Marine Biology Tours (June 7) – No change at this time.
- 2020 Bishop’s @ Bishop’s (April 25) – Rescheduled to July 11.
We encourage you to reach out to your GHF contact with any questions about scheduled venues or events, or inquire at email@example.com.
ABOUT 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.