Building Arts Lecture

Hurricanes, Homes, and History in Galveston
by Hal Needham, Ph.D, Galveston Historical Foundation

The Heritage Society Tea Room
Free for members, $5 for non-members

Galveston, a city rich in historic resources, has a long record of destructive hurricanes that have had enormous impact on its built environment. In response, the city has attempted major interventions to protect against future damage. One of the most visible interventions is the raising of Galveston’s grade level as much as 17 feet following the 1900 hurricane. As the Director of Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage, Dr. Hal Needham is completing research on the grade raising and other impacts of storms on Galveston’s built environment. For this Building Arts Lecture, Dr. Needham will discuss what he has learned, including new discoveries and then-and-now images from the 1900 hurricane and grade raising.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, which will include souvenirs and other artifacts from Galveston at the time of the 1900 storm. The Museum Gallery will be open until 8:00 PM. Museum Gallery admission is free.