Dickens on The Strand began 45 years ago with a mission: save The Strand’s historic buildings from demolition. A group of Galvestonians, along with GHF, understood the historical significance of the endangered structures and took action. In December of 1974, a potluck supper was organized in The Strand to gain public awareness about the potential destruction of what is now a National Historic Landmark District.
Dickens on The Strand was born and Galveston Island became a pioneer in preservation. Dickens on The Strand’s original mission was realized, and today The Strand is at the center of a National Historic Landmark District.
The event so captured the imagination of Galveston’s residents and visitors that it has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in America, and GHF’s single largest fundraising event. The hard work of hundreds of volunteers and support of dozens of sponsors each year produces an event that is enjoyed by all, and allows GHF to continue its efforts to “preserve, revitalize and celebrate the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island.”