40th Anniversary Galveston Historic Homes Tour Returns May 3, 4, 10 & 11
Steeped in history, rich in style and standing as a testament to survival, the 40th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour returns with 9 breathtaking homes and two weekends of new special events! Discount tickets are available now here! Stay tuned as we announce our slate of homes and special events the week of March 2!
Victorian Etiquette Tour at the 1892 Bishop's Palace A Victorian era gentleman wasn’t allowed to touch the bare wrist of a woman while dancing, hence gloves were required. You could also tell the mood of a woman based on her choice of wrist bouquet, or “Tussie-mussies”. These, and many more, necessary points of etiquette for Victorian-era ladies and gentlemen will be discussed as Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1892 Bishop’s Palace Victorian Etiquette tour. Step back in time and enjoy a short tour focusing on Victorian etiquette, culture, customs and tea. Held on Sunday, March 9 and April 13 at 4 p.m. the tour will... more
Seaport Spring Break The Texas Seaport Museum isn’t just home to the Official Tall Ship of Texas, it’s soon to be host to two weeks of new spring break activities for visiting youth on numerous sea and ship related topics. The courses will be held daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. beginning March 10 and are $10 each. Admission includes a complimentary self-guided audio tour of the 1877 ELISSA. more
Galveston Historical Foundation’s “Preservation U.” courses return! Courses will offer participants a hands-on approach to home ownership and preservation. Led by industry professionals and Foundation staff, the courses continue monthly through June on a variety of topics. NEXT CLASS: MARCH 15 GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS TO ATTRACT BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES. more
Galveston Historical Foundation's “Make History!” app puts Galveston's history directly in your palms. The free app comes pre-loaded with our Strand Walking Tour which gives you historic photos and stories of some of the Island’s oldest buildings. Also, enjoy specialized content for special events and annual festivals.
2014 Bishop’s Palace Basement To Attic Tours Basement to Attic Tours allows visitors to view parts of the famous mansion that are normally off limits. Guests of Bishop’s Palace will get to peek into nearly every nook and cranny of this famous house areas that are usually closed to the public. more
Marine Biology Tour
The tour, led by marine biologist Dr. Sid Steffins, allows participants the opportunity to learn more about the marine life living in Galveston Bay. The tour also visits birding sites to see indigenous shore bird species and birds of passage in all their variety. more
2014 1877 ELISSA Behind the Bulkheads Tour For a ship with over 135 years of history under her sails, there’s no shortage of stories to share of her illustrious past. Although the Official Tall Ship of Texas is open daily for visitors to view the ship at their own pace, the Texas Seaport Museum will be offering a select number of guided tours to showcase areas of the ship typically not open to the public. more
Architectural History Shuttle Tour Tickets Now Available Online Join Matt Farragher of GHF Preservation Services as he guides you through a showcase of the gorgeous buildings, churches and tree sculptures that Galveston Island lays claim to. Learn about the builders of these magnificent pieces of architecture as well as the history of the Island. Tours will focus on the East End Historical District and Strand/Mechanic National Historic Landmark Districts and will last approximately one hour. more
Venue Rental Rates Discounted 20% for GHF Members
Your GHF membership already comes with fantastic savings, but now it also gives you 20% off rentals of our historic properties including Ashton Villa, Garten Verien, Texas Seaport Museum and more! For more information, please contact Vicki Amundsen, Historic Properties Manager, at 409-765-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Texas Tax Credit for Rehabilitating Historic Properties
In the last session, the Texas Legislature passed a new tax credit for the rehabilitation of income-producing historic properties. The credit, equal to 25% of eligible project costs, is available for projects placed in service on or after September 1, 2013 and would be applied against franchise tax obligations beginning January 1, 2015.
Thirty-one states have existing historic tax credits, including Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri, which initiated its tax credit in 2000 and leveraged $2.9 billion of private investment in the first decade of the program. More on the Texas tax credit are expected this Spring after review of the measure by the Texas Historical Commission, who will administer the program. For more information, please call us at 409-750-9108.
Galveston Historical Foundation Offers Windstorm Exemption to all Galveston County Galveston Historical Foundation wants to remind residents that they have extended the Windstorm Exemption Program (WEA-1) to all of Galveston County through a grant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partners in the Field Program. The Texas Windstorm Exemption was made possible for all coastal counties by the Texas State Legislature in 1997. Since that time over 800 properties on Galveston Island have been listed.
The exemption will allow the building owner to replace damaged windows, shutters, doors, and other character defining elements... more