Past Exhibits

Forgotten Gateway:
Coming to America Through Galveston Island

Immigrants Awaiting Inspection at Galveston (c. 1910), Courtesy Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas
Immigrants Awaiting Inspection at Galveston (c. 1910), Courtesy Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas

As a major gateway for immigration, 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—and explores universal themes of immigration, including leaving home, encountering danger, confronting discrimination, and navigating bureaucracy.

On display: February 2 – April 24, 2017