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.
April 28th (10am) – 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.
May 5th – 6th and 12th-13th (all day) – Galveston Historic Homes Tour – Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston’s architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Large, small, and everything in between, the 2018 tour will have something for everyone! Tickets are on sale at galvestonhistory.com.
June 2nd (2pm) – “The Green Book” Public Lecture – During the Jim Crow Era, it was rare for African Americans to have the means to travel or to have equal rights. White Supremacists feared and sought to restrict black mobility. Although this was there fear several African American families were moving from the farm to the big cities to take on industrial jobs creating a financial gain that helped them attain vehicles. Blacks had to work together to travel and vacation across the US with the help of the historic “Negro Motorist Green Book,” a collection of motels, gas stations, restaurants, and more. The Green Book Project is a web documentary that included photo essays, and interviews across the United States about African American experience via their mode of transportation. GHF will present this public lecture, presented by Reuben and Toya Levi, at Menard Hall, 3302 Avenue Q. Admission is free with RSVP.
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. 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 Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld, high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11.
May 5th, 12th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (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.