October 12th-13th, 23rd Annual Sea-Bean Symposium and Beachcombers Festival


23rd Annual Sea-Bean Symposium and Beachcombers Festival

October 12th-13th, 9am-5pm, the 23rd Annual Sea-Bean Symposium and Beachcombers Festival will be held at NOAA ballroom, 4700 Avenue U. This is a free and educational two day event.

Featured speakers will speak throughout each day, as well as see displays of sea-beans, flotsam, driftwood, plastic trash, polishing, a trading table (bring your treasures to trade), Trash Art Contest (bring your Trash Art on Friday), ocean garbage display, and great raffle items.

An official symposium t-shirt and Beachcombing Bag will be available for purchase, as well as the famous “Little Book of Sea-Beans.”

Featured Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Curt Ebbesmeyer, a world-renowned oceanographer and author, focusing on ocean currents and flotsam. He is sought after by organizations the world over, in solving mysteries of ocean drift.

  1. A. Soukup will speak as well and is a local Galvestonian, historian, and archeologist focusing on extinct Indians of the Texas coast.

Margie Mitchell is a serious beachcomber, and beach patrol member in Florida. She will speak on “all things beans.” You can learn all the ins and outs, identification, and tips on finding Sea-beans.

Other speakers will share about turtles, Flower Garden Banks, and plastic in our oceans.

The exact schedule will be posted at For more info call (903)821-1463.

A Genealogy Lock-In

Friday, October 19th, 10am-5:15pm, join the Genealogy Network of Texas (GNT) and libraries across the state for a day of live genealogy webinars! The GNT will present 6 live-streamed webinars featuring genealogy experts and up-to-date topics. Bring your lunch, come and go, or stay all day! The Galveston County Genealogical Society will be on hand to help with your genealogy research questions. Rosenberg Library is located at 2310 Sealy St., Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)763-8854 x117 or go to


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