Galveston Historical Foundation

Digitally Connecting During Social Distancing


We 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.


Drew Kennedy – Facebook Live Performance
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.
Robert Kuhn – Live from the 1860 Hendley Building
Saturday, March 21 – 8-9 p.m. – Archived Video
Join #galvestonhistory and singer-songwriter, Robert Kuhn, for a special solo acoustic show live from the 1860 Hendley Building. This performance is supported by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.


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!

March 16 – 22
Denise Alexander (GHF Staff)
March 23 – 29
Margaret Doran (Resident)
March 30 – April 5
Michael Guillot (GHF Staff)
April 6 – April 12
Rosenberg Library Takeover Swap


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.

Plagued Lives
Friday, March 20
2 p.m.
Archived Video

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.

Cheer’s to You
Friday, March 27
2 p.m.
Archived Video

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.

Beach Revue History
Friday, April 3
2 p.m.
Facebook Link

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.

Ship to Shore
Thursday, April 9
2 p.m.
Facebook Link

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.


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.

March Selection
Isaac’s Storm – Erik Larson
Audible Version | Digital Version
Facebook Link
April Selection
Pale Rider – Laura Spinney
Audible Version | Digital Version
Facebook Link


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.

Tall Ship ELISSA
Download Here

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.

Marine Biology
Download Here

This program provides students with the opportunity to experience marine biology in a hands-on floating classroom.

Math At Sea
Download Here

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.

Tall Ships
Download Here

By analyzing, researching and observing the documents and information provided, students will gain a better understanding of maritime history.


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. 


We encourage you to reach out to your GHF contact with any questions about scheduled venues or events, or inquire at foundation@galvestonhistory.org.


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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