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Preservation U Returns to #galvestonhistory with October classes on architecture, home rehabilitation, awards, and more. Purchase a per class ticket or save with a session pass that saves a seat to all classes. GHF Members also receive discounts ($10 per class or $25 per session) which can be redeemed by purchasing the day of at any of the courses. Details on each class are available at galvestonhistory.org.

  • Saturday, October 13th (4pm): Sally Wallace Preservation Awards At Eaton Chapel
  • Saturday, October 20th (9am): The Diary of a 1922 Mediterranean Rehab with John Cornelius
  • Saturday, October 27th (9am): Don’t be Scared, It’s Just Architecture: Historic Building Styles

October 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 31st (5:30-7pm): Fall Sunset Tours – Enjoy fall’s outstanding weather and sunsets with this special hour and a half long tour. Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests will enjoy a narrated exploration of Galveston’s historic bay. These sunset cruises are BYOB and feature the haunted history of Galveston and the port along with unmatched sunsets and sightseeing. Seagull II, Texas Seaport Museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel was built specifically for harbor sightseeing excursions and education and is a perfect platform for waterborne experiential learning. Knowledgeably narrated tours explore the wide variety of birds and marine life that teems in the Bay. They have no contract with them, but playful dolphins almost always show up. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for youth 6-18 years old.

October 19th, November 17th (6pm): “Red Light District Walking Tours” – Known today as a colorful resort destination featuring family entertainment and a thriving arts district, Galveston was once notorious for its flourishing vice economy and infamous red-light district. Called simply “The Line,” the unassuming five blocks of Postoffice Street came alive every night with wild parties and generous offerings of hourly love. A stubborn mainstay of the island cityscape for nearly seventy years, it finally shut down in the late 1950s. But ridding Galveston of prostitution would prove much more difficult than putting a padlock on the front door. Join author Kimber Fountain on a walking tour of Galveston’s red-light district as she pursues the sequestered story of women who wanted to make their own rules and the city that wanted to let them. Guests will enjoy a complimentary beverage at three bars during their walk, concluding with a book signing of her latest release, “Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of The Line.” Tickets are $50 and available at eventbrite.com. The tour will start at The Wizzard, 2325 Church St. at 6pm. Participants will then walk to Havana Alley Lounge at 201 26th St. before concluding at DTO Galveston, 2701 Market.

Bishop’s Palace Tours

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End 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.

October 20th (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.

October 24th and November 23rd (7pm): 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.

October 26th, 27th, 31st (7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm): Lantern Light Tours – Experience Bishop’s Palace in a whole new light! This special tour lets visitors explore the National Historic Landmark and see how this architectural gem takes on a completely different look in the night. Tickets are $30.

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