Coming to America Through Galveston Island
November 25, 2014−January 31, 2015
From 1845 to 1924, the Port of Galveston
was a major gateway for American immigration. This exhibition is
the first of its kind to explore Galvestonís legacy as a port of
entry on a national scale. It brings to light the little-known,
yet rich, era of Galvestonís history and importance to the
growth of Texas and the American Midwest.
While Ellis Islandís location in New York made it a natural port
for Europeans, Galveston attracted a diverse group of people
from Europe, Mexico, South and Central America, and even Asia.
The exhibition highlights enduring themes in the history of
immigration including the dangers of the journey, making a life
in a new land, navigating bureaucracy, and confronting
Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island is
a traveling exhibition by the Bullock Texas State History Museum
presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.
The Heritage Society is funded in part by a grant from the City
of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.