Civil War Symposium in Galveston Saturday
Apologies for being so very late on this one , y’all.
On Saturday, November 3, the Texas Historical Commission, in conjunction with the Galveston Historical Foundation and the Galveston County Historical Commission, will co-host a Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Workshop at the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Historic Menard Campus from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a tour of the historic Menard House. This workshop is the last of five held across the state over the past two years, made possible by two grants from the Society of the Order of the Southern Cross.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Linda McBee on Civil War Veterans Buried in Galveston Cemeteries
- Helen Mooty of the Galveston County Historical Museum on the recent restoration and re-dedication of the 1911 Galveston Confederate Memorial
- Dwayne Jones, Executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, on plans for the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Galveston in January 2013
- William McWhorter of the Texas Historical Commission on Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark
- Amy Borgens, State Marine Archaeologist with the Texas Historical Commission, on USS Westfield, a Civil War-era shipwreck in Galveston Bay
- Edward T. Cotham, Jr., author of Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston and Sabine Pass: The Confederacy’s Thermopylae, on Galveston during the Civil War
- William McWhorter on the proposed 2015 Juneteenth official Texas historical marker
After these sessions, complimentary tour of the Menard House, one of the oldest structures on the island, will be offered by Historical Foundation staff.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call 512.463.5833 to register.
Location: Menard Hall 3302 Avenue O Galveston, Texas 77550 (click for map)
The THC established a Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Initiative in 2010 with the goal of increasing public knowledge of agency programs that interpret and preserve Civil War sites and topics across the state, such as Palmito Ranch Battlefield National Historic Landmark near Brownsville. In doing so, the THC highlights the history of Texas’ premier role in a seminal event in American history. Galveston historical organizations will provide attendees with a selection of presentations on recent Civil War history projects in the community, and upcoming programming for next year’s Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Galveston on January 1, 2013.
Image: Texas Civil War Museum