Galveston Island, Texas– Galveston Historical Foundation’s Texas Seaport Museum will present a series of lectures in their new Maritime Education Center, located at Pier 22 and Harborside. The first of three lectures will be held onSunday, January 4 from 2 – 3 p.m. After the presentation there will be a Q & A with the lecturer and book signing. Space is limited and reservations are $15 for non-members, $12 for members and a series package is available for $40 for non-members and $31 for members. Tickets are available at www.galvestonhistory.org or by calling 409-750-9108 ext. 1312.
“GHF is working to increase awareness about the rich maritime history in Galveston,” explains Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive Director. “Each of these lectures highlights a rarely told story and increases our appreciation of events in the Gulf of Mexico.”
January 4th – Galveston and Houston: A Tale of Two Ports
The two most prominent ports in the state of Texas are Galveston and Houston. Galveston dominated Texas shipping for nearly 100 years — from the 1830s through the 1930s. Houston has been Texas’s lead port thereafter. Why was Galveston the queen of Texas ports from its inception through the early years of the twentieth century and why did Houston overtake Galveston during the Depression years? This talk will answer those questions, and show how geography, combined with technology really is destiny.
Mark Lardas, a sometime engineer, freelance writer, amateur historian and model-maker, is the author of Port of Houston and sixteen other books. He is currently employed at a technical writer in the oil industry. When he says something isn’t rocket science, he knows – he was one. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, then spent nearly 30 years as a space navigator and a software engineer on the Shuttle program. His down-to-earth interests include model-making and writing, interests which he combines in numerous articles to modeling magazines. He lives in League City, Texas.