Galveston Historical Foundation Events
Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) offers many events that are open to the public. 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. Tickets and reservations can be made online at galvestonhistory.org or by calling (409)763-1877.
Bishop’s Palace Tours
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Built of stone and steel for the railroad magnate Walter Gresham and his family, this famous house was designed by Nicholas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded-Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway Ave. J.
Available Daily (11am-5pm) – Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, the Bishop’s Palace Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld, high-resolution screen. The Acoustiguide device also features new tour commentary specifically created for the self guided format. Tickets are $6-$11.
September 16th (4:30-6pm) – Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards – The 2017 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, recognize outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. The annual award ceremony is named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition. For more info go to galvestonhistory.org.
September 24th (2-3pm) – Gresham’s Show & Tell and Collections Tour – Join GHF’s Renee Tallent, Manager of Historic Collections, for a show and tell of items recently donated to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace by the Reid family, descendants of the Greshams. In addition to the new acquisitions, many of which were originally in the house during the residency of Josephine and Walter Gresham, Renee will showcase additional pieces of interest during the tour. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the 1892 Bishop’s Palace.
September 30th (2-7:30pm) – WWI Marker Commemoration & Concert – Join GHF as they 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. Schedule of events include: Zimmerman Telegraph Historic Marker Dedication at 2pm, Zimmerman Telegraph Lecture w/ Dr. Thomas Boghardt at 3pm, and History on Tap Featuring French 75’s and Rum Rationing Station at 5:30pm.
September 30th (5:30-7:30pm) – History on Tap Featuring French ‘75s and the Matt Tolentino Band – Enjoy two specially created cocktails on the grounds of the 1838 Menard House, with live music by Matt Tolentino and the Singapore Slingers, for a special History on Tap. 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. Tickets are $30.
October 5th (8-9:30pm) – Full Moon Tour – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light, the moonlight, on GHF’s upcoming Full Moon Tour. This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight. Admission is $30.