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Galveston has had a richly evolving history of European settlement for some 200 years, during which time pirates set their flags in the soil, waves of immigrants from Italy and Greece made their way to the island, and wealthy merchants planted strong roots. The most recorded narratives, however, relate the stories of the devastating storms that have ripped through the beautiful town, beginning with the infamous Great Storm of 1900. Considered the nation’s deadliest natural disaster, this Category 4 hurricane killed up to 8,000 residents while obliterating hundreds of homes and businesses.

It took many years for the island to start anew after the Great Storm, but Galveston’s economic leaders eventually refashioned the town as a popular tourist destination—which it still serves as today. Although most of the original structures are long gone, the stories of the early islanders and their colorful history continue to live on in both renovated structures and new establishments created in memory of the past.

From the Blogs

Loftwalk at Artist Lofts this Saturday

Published: Monday, February 11, 2019

The National Hotel Artist Lofts hosts it's annual Loftwalk this Saturday, February 16. Read more.

Every day a good day for colorful Galveston resident

Published: Friday, February 08, 2019

Humans of Galveston met Peter Cangelosi on The Strand, where he was soaking up sunshine and good music by local musician Brittany Doyle. Read more.

February 2019 - U.S.S. Texas

Published: Saturday, February 02, 2019

During the month of February, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the naval battleship U.S.S. Texas. During the month of February, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the naval battleship U.S.S. Texas. Read more.

2019 Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedule

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Visitors to the island can gather in Galveston’s downtown entertainment district and along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard to see flashy floats, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling dancers at these 2019 parade events. Read more.

The Early Causeways

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I meet George Osborn on the causeway built in 1912. Eleanor Barton shows the bronze plaques that were from the 1938 causeway. Read more.

January 2019 - W.K. Hebert & Co.

Published: Friday, January 04, 2019

Established in 1919 by William Kendal Hebert, the firm provided funeral and burial services for the island’s African-American community for more than six decades. Read more.

Holiday Fun Continues in Galveston with Expanded Downtown Lanterns & Lights

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2018

An expanded Downtown Lanterns and Lights has been illuminated in downtown Galveston. Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Power Grids Are a Powerful Thing

Published: Friday, November 02, 2018

Find out about the new power grid downtown that has eliminated the need for noisy generators at the Lone Star Rally. Read more.

November 2018 - The D.A.R. in Galveston

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

During the month of November, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from its permanent collection as well as items on loan from the chapter itself. Read more.

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