Your Galveston County Museum is working to rebuild itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The current members of the Galveston County Commissioners' Court have made the former Courthouse Jury Assembly Room available for the Museum's new exhibit hall. Plans are in the works to utilize the many artifacts showing the citizenry of the county as it progressed from a small port/farming area to a boomtown and the many changes brought about by hurricanes. The new exhibits are being designed using the latest technology and ideas in the museum world and from local talent.
Due to Hurricane Ike, the offices and collections of the Galveston County Museum and the Galveston County Historical Commission have moved to the County Courthouse located at 722 Moody. Although the museum currently has no exhibits for the public to view, we are open to accept donations to our historical artifact collection and to assist with research and other inquiries.
During our rebuilding phase, you can still view the museum’s collection in several ways, including:
- The South Jetty Lighthouse lens and multimedia kiosk located in the lobby of the Galveston County Courthouse at 722 Moody Ave.
Former museum director Jodi Wright Gidley and former curator Jennifer Marines are co-authors of Galveston: A City on Stilts. The book features photographs from the museum’s collection taken by Zeva B. Edworthy from about 1902 to 1912. During this period, the town was still recovering from the devastating 1900 Storm. The photographs depict the building of the seawall and the causeway, as well as the grade-raising project. Additionally, Edworthy photographed fun scenes around town, like people playing at the beach, riding a roller coaster at the Electric Park, and posing in front of Ball High School. The book also includes a preface by the photographer’s daughter, Judith Edworthy Wray, and a conclusion with a modern perspective by hurricane specialist and historian Lew Fincher.