Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) offers many events that are open to the public. Tickets and reservations can be made online at galvestonhistory.org or by calling (409)765-7834. This month, these events will take place:
July 7th (10am-12pm): Marine Biology Tour
The Marine Biology Tour provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to observe dolphins and other species in their natural habitat, trawl for and handle marine organisms, study plankton through a microscopic lens, and explore Galveston Bay’s rich history. This unique experience takes place on board the SEAGULL II, a 50’ catamaran which docks at the Texas Seaport Museum, and is led by a marine biologist. Located in the historic port of Galveston, the Texas Seaport Museum is home to the 1877 ELISSA and also tells the story of a rich legacy of seaborne commerce and immigration. Tickets are $20.
July 14th (11am-12pm): “Around Cape Horn, Summer at the Seaport”
Join the Texas Seaport Museum for a special viewing of the famous film “Around Cape Horn,” a simple but brilliant production of Irving Johnson’s time aboard the PEKING in 1929. During his voyage on the big German windjammer, Johnson compiled unequaled footage of the crew’s daily activities, and spectacular images of a wild storm as the ship made the dangerous passage around.
July 14th (2-3pm): Women at Sea in the Age of Sail
Wives and daughters, captains and stowaways, heroines and transported convicts… they all went to sea. Travel back in time on board the 1877 Iron Barque ELISSA and discover the secret world of women in the merchant marine. From tales of true courageousness to epic stories of mythical proportions, let Elissa volunteer Michael Wonio introduce you to them all through narrative and song.
July 21st (11am- 12pm): Baggy Wrinkle, Summer at the Seaport
Come help ELISSA crew make an important part of the ship’s rigging; BAGGY WRINKLE! Used as a traditional way to protect ELISSA’s sails from rubbing on the wire stays and manila lines, baggy wrinkle is more than just a fun word to say!
July 28th (11am – 12pm): Cotton is King, Summer at the Seaport
Cotton has always been Galveston’s most precious export. Come learn about this important plant’s journey from the fields surrounding Houston to the docks of Galveston Harbor. A special guest from the George Ranch Historical Park will guide us in a hands on demo of cotton carding and weaving.
August 4th (11am-12 noon): Nautical Yarns, Monsters in the Age of Sail
For centuries, sailors have been telling tall tales about the mysterious creatures that live under the waves. Join this lecture as they discuss the different sea monsters that have inhabited the Earth’s oceans and even create our own creatures from the deep.
Bishop’s Palace Tours
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District and a National Historic Landmark. 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 at Ave. J.
Available Daily (11am-5pm) – Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours – Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11.
July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (11am-1pm) – Basement to Attic Tours – Offering participants a rare look into parts of the 1892 home that are typically off limits, the Bishop’s Palace Basement to Attic Tour features Mrs. Gresham’s studio and an exclusive third-floor view to a truly one of a kind panoramic of the Gulf of Mexico.
July 27th, October 24th, and November 23rd (8pm) – Full Moon Tour of The Bishop – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light…the moonlight. See how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the moonlight. Tickets are $30 per person.