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HISTORICAL PLACES

Galveston has one of the oldest and richest histories of anywhere in the United States.

Some of the nicknames it is has been known for include, “The Wall Street of the South,” the “Ellis Island of the South” and even the “Republic of Galveston” for its many different eras.

From the Native Americans who made Galveston their home when the Europeans landed in North America in 1528, to when the French claimed it in the 1600s and named it St. Louis, to when it was charted as Galveston Bay on July 23, 1786, by Jose de Evia for Spanish colonial governor and general Bernardo de Gálvez, Galveston has a rich heritage.

You can read more about its fascinating past on our History and Heritage page.

We have also prepared some information for you about some of the historical places that can be discovered on the island. We have created a homeschool curriculum that includes lessons and more, but we have also focused on some of the places you might choose to visit while you are here, and we have some recommended educational activities for each.

Before Your Visit

During Your Visit

  • Visit the places you choose and complete the worksheets and discussions, where available
  • Take photos and video to document your visit that can be used for projects after your visit

After Your Visit

From the Blogs

Galveston Photography, 1860-1890

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rosenberg Library announced its newest exhibit: Galveston Photography, 1860-1890. The exhibit will include the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861, just before the Civil War. Read more.

September 2018 - Vintage Pepper Mill from the Balinese Room

Published: Thursday, September 06, 2018

During the month of September, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a pepper mill from the legendary Galveston nightclub, the Balinese Room. This ca. 1950 souvenir was recently donated to the library by Louise Hagood. Read more.

August 2018 - 1850 Galveston Bay Survey Post

Published: Monday, August 06, 2018

During the month of August, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a cedar post used in the first U.S. Coastal Survey of Galveston Bay in 1850. This artifact was found at Flanders Station and was donated to the library by S.M. Wilcox in 1925. Read more.

Battle of Galveston Part 3 - The Watchmen - E5

Published: Monday, August 06, 2018

We join Kathleen Maca, author of 'Galveston's Broadway Cemeteries',  on the roof of the Hendley Building where the JOLO Guard stood watch during the Civil War. Rosenberg Library's Museum Curator, Eleanor Barton, shows the JOLO Guard's log book. Read more.

Keeper Ling Within a Mile of the Jetties

Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Our bay/jetty trips produced excellent catches on shark, especially bonnethead sharks. We also found larger stingray and a keeper ling within a mile of the jetties this morning. Read more.

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