Civil War remembered during summer lecture series
The Galveston Historical Foundation is scheduled to host a series of Civil War lectures starting in June at the Menard Campus; in addition, the 1838 Menard House, the city's oldest residential dwelling, will be opened for tours.
The lectures will start at 2 p.m. June 3, June 17, July 15 and Aug. 12 at a cost of $10 for foundation members and $12 for nonmembers. A package of all four lectures is available for $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
Reservations can be made by calling 409-765-3409.
The series begins with Dr. Don Willett, associate professor in the maritime studies program at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Willet will discuss the Battle of Galveston, widely acknowledged as the most important military event in Galveston's history.
Noted author Edward Cotham Jr. will speak about "The General Behind Juneteenth," Gordan Granger, whose order in 1865 confirmed that the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect in Texas.
The third lecture will be presented by Andrew Hall, marine archaeological steward for the Texas Historical Commission. Hall's topic, "Patriots for Profit-Blockade Runners of the Confederacy," will hone in on blockade runners going in and out of Texas ports during the war.
The final lecture, "Yellow Fever in Galveston During the Civil War," will be presented by area history buff James Schmidt. The lecture will look at the grim role that yellow fever played during the war in Galveston.
Menard House tours are available noon to 4 p.m. June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4. Admission is $7.
For more information on the lecture series or public tours of the 1838 Menard House, contact Jami Durham at 409-765-3409 or Jami.Durham@galvestonhistory.org.
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