2014-2015 Lecture Series


Galveston College Announces 2014-2015 Lecture Series

The 2014-2015 Galveston College Lecture Series is titled “Discovering Galveston’s History” and the guest speakers for the fall session have been announced. The first guest speakers are co-authors Jodi Wright-Gidley, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation, and Jennifer Marines, who will give a presentation titled “A City On Stilts: The Rebuilding of Galveston After the 1900 Storm.” Jodi Wright-Gidley and Jennifer Marines are the co-authors of Galveston: A City on Stilts. Their lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q on the Galveston College main campus.

Jodi holds a BA from Baylor University in Museum Studies and Archeology and earned a MA in History from Sam Houston State. Wright-Gidley worked for Bell County Museum, Galveston Historical Foundation, and the Galveston County Historical Museum. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation and is a member of the Galveston County Historical Commission, Santa Fe Area Historical Foundation, Santa Fe Parks Board, and is a Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Galveston County Children’s Services Board.

Jennifer Marines grew up in Galveston listening to stories of the 1900 storm. She earned degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Texas, and has spent time as curator of both the Galveston County Historical Museum and the Moody Mansion. The City on Stilts project was a natural fit for the island native, who helped comb through photos and records to beautifully document the remarkable story of Galveston's grade raising.

The second speaker is Galveston native and author Andy Hall. Hall will give a presentation titled “Inseparable Enemies: Galveston and Houston in the Nineteenth Century” on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing.

Andy Hall is a native of Galveston and has spent most his life on the Texas coast. He spent his early working years, beginning while still an undergrad student, in local history museums, including the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport. Hall holds degrees from the University of Houston–Clear Lake and Texas Tech University.

For the last twenty years, Hall has served as a volunteer with the Texas Historical Commission in investigating shipwrecks and in 2001 was part of the first group of state marine archaeological stewards appointed in the United States. Hall has worked on numerous marine archaeology projects in Texas, notably from 1995 to 2002 on the Denbigh Project, the most extensive excavation and research program on a Civil War blockade runner in the Gulf of Mexico. When he is not working with the Historical Commission on sites in the “Wet Texas” region of the state, he blogs at MaritimeTexas.net, DeadConfederates.com and at the historical magazine, and the Civil War Monitor.

Earlier this year Hall published his second book with the History Press of Charleston, Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast.