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
Local Lifeguard Sits Down For Q&A
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018
Here on Galveston Island, we have a great group of lifeguards that are not only passionate about their jobs but the island as a whole. Read more.
Don't Forget Postoffice!
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
The quarter-mile strip of Postoffice Street between 23rd & 20th St. has dozens of great shops, top-notch coffee, ice cream and more! Read more.
New Breakthrough Paving the Way for Universal Ebola Therapeutic
Published: Monday, May 07, 2018
A new collaborative study has identified and studied Ebola antibodies that could be used to design universal therapeutics that are effective against many different Ebola species. Read more.
Skye Makes Picture-Perfect Landing in Galveston
Published: Friday, May 04, 2018
Get a glimpse into the lives of some fascinating people who have made the journey to Galveston, Texas. Read more.
NASA Supersonic Test Flights Coming This Fall to Galveston
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018
NASA has announced a series of supersonic test flights that will happen off the coast of Galveston this Fall. Read more.