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2010-11-11 / General Stories

GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW BOOK ON GALVESTON’S DOWNTOWN AND STRAND DISTRICT

New from Arcadia Publishing and local author Denise Alexander is “Galveston’s Historic Downtown and Strand District.” This latest volume in the popular “Images of America” series is filled with vintage images ranging from the late 1870s to current day of Galveston’s downtown. The Strand, known as the Wall Street of the Southwest, contains a significant collection of 19th-century buildings. Long the center of Galveston’s business community, the downtown, with its impressive collection of architecture, is a reminder of the grand past of this historic port city. The National Historic Landmark District includes buildings classified as Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian style— sometimes with traces of vernacular building traditions that date to the 1850s. The book’s historic images illustrate the development of the Strand and surrounding streets, including Mechanic, Market, and Postoffice. “Galveston’s Historic Downtown and Strand District” demonstrates the power of place, despite an ever-changing economy and natural disasters. The book retails for $21.99.

Author Denise Alexander is the director of museums and museum programs for Galveston Historical Foundation, one of the nation’s largest preservation organizations.

Also available is a set of 15 postcards featuring images from “Galveston’s Historic Downtown and Strand District.” The set retails for $7.99.

Highlights of “Galveston’s Historic Downtown and Strand District:”

• Sales of this title will benefit Galveston Historical Foundation and its mission to preserve and revitalize the architectural, cultural and maritime heritage of Galveston Island for the education and enrichment of all.

• Focusing on the cultural and architectural history of downtown Galveston, the book reveals the history of the businesses and people associated with the famous buildings there.

• Illustrates the role immigration played in Galveston’s history with more than 200,000 immigrants entering through Galveston.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Its mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.

The book and the postcard set are available for sale at Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, Galveston, or online at www.galvestonhistory.org.

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