As with many disasters during this period, artistic license was taken to share the story through various media. In this case, via published music from composer Jacob Day and lyricist Louis Gruetzmacher. Galveston-based piano seller Thomas Goggan and Brother commissioned and published this particular work. Goggan began their business in 1866 and had a location locally and in San Antonio.
The below PDF is a scanned copy of the original sheet music donated by Randy and Lin Parham of Fort Worth. We want to hear your renditions! For those who would like to record their versions of the below sheet music and send to us, we’ll feature your performance on this page and give you a #GalvestonHistory guest pass with complimentary admission to our sites and attractions.
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.