Galveston Historical Foundation

Jean Laffite Revealed Lecture and Book Signing

Jean Laffite Revealed takes a fresh look at the various myths and legends surrounding one of the last great pirates. Beginning in 1805, the book traces Laffite through his rise to power as a privateer and smuggler in the Gulf, his involvement in the Battle of New Orleans, his flight to Texas, and his eventual disappearance in the waters of the Caribbean. With stunning revelations, this book picks up the trail from there—a trail that no one knew existed until now. This carefully researched work is a bona fide wild ride that will silence long-held speculation about Laffite’s ultimate fate.

The Jean Lafitte Revealed Lecture and Book Signing will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at the 1859 Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway. Tickets are $10 per person or free for Galveston Historical Foundation members as part of the GalvestonHistory+ program.


Ashley OliphantAbout Ashley Oliphant | Dr. Ashley Oliphant, author of five books, is a recognized expert in subjects ranging from Ernest Hemingway to legendary pirates. A Hemingway scholar, Oliphant has written two books on the subject of Hemingway’s life and work. As well, she has authored a novel about Key West and a best-selling book on shark tooth hunting that has sold more than 10,000 copies. Her latest work, “Jean Lafitte Revealed”, is co-authored with Beth Yarbrough. As a mother-daughter research team, Oliphant and Yarbrough uncover new evidence that sheds fascinating light on the true fate and secret later life of the legendary pirate. Oliphant is a retired English professor with twenty years of teaching experience in the college classroom that has included courses in freshman composition and American literature. Based in North Carolina, she and her family divide their time between various coastal destinations, spending as many hours as possible by the water’s edge.

Beth YarbroughAbout Beth Yarbrough | Beth Yarbrough is a seasoned and successful veteran of the gift and home decor industry, having designed products and licensed her original artwork to the trade for more than 30 years. Expanding that reach in 2013, she launched two online brands, Southern Voice and Alcott Farm, both of which enjoy a large base of enthusiastic fans across all platforms on social media. With a focus on historic structures throughout the South, Beth photographs and chronicles the architectural history and stories of the great houses of the South from Texas to Virginia and all points in between. In addition to these daily doses of wit, wisdom, and beauty online, she continues to oversee an expanding licensing and design business that includes print publishing, home decor, and fine art photography.


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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