The Brenham Heritage Museum will soon present an exhibit about the Galveston Island and its historical importance as a major gateway for immigration.
The exhibit, titled “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island”, will be available to the public from September 27th to November 22nd. “Forgotten Gateway” is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Galveston Island was the port of entry for hundreds of thousands of people coming to America from 1845 to 1924. “Forgotten Gateway” considers the importance of place in the immigrant experience, tracing the history of Galveston Island as it changed from a small harborage for sailing vessels, to a major cosmopolitan steamship and railroad hub, and back to a nearly abandoned immigrant station.
The exhibit also explores universal themes of immigration including leaving home, encountering danger, confronting discrimination, and navigating bureaucracy.
“Forgotten Gateway” is based on the major exhibition of the same name developed by the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It is guest-curated by Dr. Suzanne Seriff, independent museum curator and senior lecturer of anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin.
For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, visit www.brenhamheritagemuseum.org.