On Saturday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m., GHF will recognize the 100th anniversary of World War I with a day of special events focusing on Galveston Island’s pivotal role in delivering the Zimmerman telegram to Mexico in 1917. Enjoy two specially created cocktails on the grounds of the 1838 Menard House, with live music by the Matt Tolentino Trio, for a special History on Tap. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at www.galvestonhistory.org. Allegedly named after the 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and Americans in World War 1, the French 75 is crafted with gin, lemon, sugar, and champagne. This special event will also feature a special “rum rationing” station where attendees will taste a special rum based drink. Rum rationing was introduced in 1914, 2 ounces to each soldier per day, to ward off the chill and dampness of the trenches.



Matt Tolentino, who shares a birthday with Fred Astaire, was born May 10, 1985, in Dallas, TX. He was not born 80 years too late, rather, he is placed at the perfect time- the present day- to preserve the music of generations past, to bring the music of yesterday to the modern audience of today.

He continues to focus exclusively on the pre-swing popular music of 1895- 1935, including rags, fox trots, marches, one-steps, two-steps, and waltzes and is dedicated to preserving traditional music. A true multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at home on accordion, clarinet, tuba, piano, tenor guitar, banjo, and saxophones, specializing in baritone and bass sax. Matt will continue to bring the music of yesterday to the audience of today, presented with respect and reverence. The way it should be. Learn more at matttolentino.com.


Built in 1838 by John and Augustus Allen for the founder of Galveston, Michel Branamour Menard, the property passed between Menard and the Allen brothers (founders of Houston) in many complicated dealings in its early years. It is the oldest surviving residential dwelling in Galveston and the only structure to be owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston.

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