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
Canceled Cruise? We've Got You Covered!
Published: Friday, June 21, 2019
Don’t let this cancellation rain on your vacation parade, plan your trip to Galveston Island today! Read more.
June 2019 - Jessie McGuire Dent
Published: Monday, June 03, 2019
During the month of June, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to Jessie McGuire Dent, a Galveston educator and civil rights activist. Read more.
Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019
Published: Monday, March 11, 2019
With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: 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.
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.
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.
Life is an Adventure for Lady of the Sea
Published: Monday, October 15, 2018
I met Crystal, 35, at a Happy Hour at the Proletariat on Market Street. She was kind enough to share her story with Humans of Galveston. Read more.