From civil engineering feats to natural disasters, the island community has proven time after time the rare ability to recover, rework, and rebuild while never losing sight of our historic roots. It’s in that spirit of shared community history that #GalvestonHistory launches The Resilience Flag.
The Galveston Resilience Flag is available in two sizes, 3′ x 5′ for $39.95 and 4′ x 6′ for $89.95. Flags have grommets at the left corners, triple stitched hems, corner cross-stitching, and are made from a weather-resistant polyester. Flags will begin shipping in mid-June and are available online now for pre-order.
ABOUT THE FLAG
The Galveston Resilience Flag draws upon key pieces of Galveston’s geography and history.
- A lone star, the central piece of the flag, not only denotes the State of Texas but draws from the Galveston City Company logo of 1838. The formation of the Galveston City Company was one of the earliest official steps of the formation of the City of Galveston.
- The star also honors the Juneteenth flag. Juneteenth celebrates the June 19th, 1865 delivery of General Order No. 3 by General Gordon Granger, which announced the total emancipation of those held as slaves.
- Colors featured on the flag are inspired by Victorian paint palettes and early Sanborn Insurance Maps of Galveston, with an obvious reference to the contrast between water and land.
- The division line symbolizes both Seawall’s barrier between water and land as well as the building up of the island during the post-1900 grade-raising. It also references the unique angle and shape of the island as contrasted against the coastline.
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.