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
The Grand Kids Festival Returns April 7th
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018
The 23rd annual Grand Kids Festival is set for Saturday, April 7. Sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House, this fun, family event - with a special "pirate" theme - will take place from 10am-5pm in historic downtown Galveston's Cultural Arts District on Postoffice Street Read more.
First Week Winners Announcement
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 1: Read more.
UTMB Scientists Identify Enzyme Involved in Faulty Brain Cell Communication in Alzheimer's
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018
A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has provided researchers important insights about an enzyme within the brain that plays a critical role in Alzheimer's. Read more.
Lindsay Lives and Breathes All Things G-Town
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. Read more.
Magnolia Being Planted at City Hall in Loving Memory of Galveston's Own Steel Magnolia
Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Family, friends and colleagues will gather to honor Galveston’s own “Steel Magnolia” Lyda Ann Thomas by unveiling a tree planted in her memory by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy. Read more.