Arts, Culture, and Humanities

GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION INC

  • Galveston, TX
  • www.galvestonhistory.org

Mission Statement

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND EDUCATION-GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION PRESERVES AND REVITALIZES THE ARCHITECTURAL AND MARITIME HERITAGE OF GALVESTON ISLAND.

Main Programs

  1. Museums and Historic Properties
  2. Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa
  3. Events-Dickens on the Strand, Historic Homes Tour
  4. Preservation and Conservation
  5. Center for Coastal Heritage
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Principally Galveston Island, with some programs in Galveston County. Our events have a regional appeal in the Houston area, southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

ruling year

1957

Executive Director since 2006

Self-reported

Mr. Dwayne Jones

Keywords

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History, Preservation, Museums, Architecture, Maritime History, Coastal Environment

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EIN

74-1487824

 Number

5766211158

Physical Address

2228 Broadway

Galveston, 77550

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Museums and Historic Properties

In addition to our preservation services, Galveston Historical Foundation serves as the steward and operator of many of Galveston’s most significant historic properties. The Michel Menard House (1838), Samuel May Williams House (1839), Ashton Villa (1859), St. Joseph Catholic Church (1860), Garten Verein (1880), and Bishop’s Palace (1892), are all managed through GHF’s Historic Properties Department. GHF headquarters is located in the United States Custom House (1861), the oldest non-military federal building in Texas.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 2

Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship Elissa

One of the most prominent examples of our commitment to both preservation and community outreach is ELISSA, a National Historic Landmark. ELISSA is one of the finest ship restorations in the world and is truly one of America’s treasures. GHF’s maritime component, the Texas Seaport Museum (TSM), has grown to include not only the ELISSA, but also the shrimp boat Santa Maria and the SEAGULL II, an excursion vessel that provides harbor tours as well as serves as a historic floating classroom.

Category

History & Historical Programs

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Adults

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Program 3

Events-Dickens on the Strand, Historic Homes Tour

Beyond Galveston, thousands of heritage tourists learn about and become committed to the mission of GHF through its events. The Foundation’s two largest events are Dickens on the Strand and the Galveston Historic Homes Tour. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, Dickens has been named one of the 100 best events in North America by tourism professionals and one of the top ten events in the state by Texas Highways Magazine. In addition, GHF also hosts the Sacred Places Tour, and recognizes outstanding individuals with the Spirit of ELISSA Award and Steel Oleander Award.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

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Program 4

Preservation and Conservation

Galveston Historical Foundation serves a wide range of individuals that come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and locations. Many receive assistance and services through our Preservation and Conservation Services Department, which operates an architectural salvage warehouse, helps low-to-moderate income homeowners with repairs and paint through several grant programs, manages a Revolving Fund, and develops affordable housing as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). The department runs the Preservation Resource Center which provides information for homeowners about historic properties as well as rehabilitation techniques and suggestions. The Preservation Resource Center conducts demonstration classes, lectures, and neighborhood walking tours.

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Historic Preservation & Conservation

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Program 5

Center for Coastal Heritage

GHF is working to broaden the benefits of historic preservation to include more residents and property owners of Galveston Island and to protect more historic properties and neighborhoods. With increased emphasis on environmental or “green” preservation, housing rehabilitation, and lifelong education, GHF programs are evolving into some of the most creative and dynamic among preservation organizations in the country. In 2009 GHF launched the Green Revival program, which was established through an award-winning demonstration project with a LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Since its completion in 2011, GHF has worked to serve as a regional leader in the field of sustainable building practices.

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Historic Preservation & Conservation

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Galveston Historical Foundation seeks to preserve and revitalize the architectural and maritime history of Galveston Island and Galveston County. GHF today embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    GHF will continue to attract and retain high quality staff, provide stewardship for buildings and vessels, care for our collections, and produce quality events and programming. GHF will be innovative in our revenue streams, consolidate financial and data systems and prepare for future capital improvements.
    GHF will be creative and meet people's needs and expectations by introducing the public to local history, and ways to preserve our buildings in the coastal environment. GHF will empower others to explore their own history through research, learning, and interpretation, and realize that history brings meaning to their lives.
    GHF will increase visitation at historic sites and cultural events by developing an integrated approach to visitor services. By deepening our engagement, GHF will instill a passion for Galveston as evidenced by repeat visitation, volunteerism and donor gifts. We will showcase our diverse and rich history by providing unique, authentic experiences connecting people to history and GHF.
    GHF will seek to bring positive change to reinvigorate historic landmarks and the Strand Mechanic area.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since 1871, GHF has worked to preserve history in Galveston and the region. This longevity has brought a sense of trust from the community, our members and visitors. GHF has over 30 full-time professional staff and 35 part-time employees working each day in preservation, marketing, history, museum services and more. Our board and staff are dedicated to financial responsibility as evidenced by our balanced revenue streams and clean audits.
    We responsibility care for our historic sites and vessels and operate over 15 historic places in Galveston. As an organization we strive to maintain our properties and through our own work, inspire others to deepen their knowledge of history and preservation.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Galveston Historical Foundation monitors our progress against goals established in the strategic plan. Our strategic plan outlines specific goals for each department and is monitored quarterly to realign with pressing issues to allow for flexibility.
    The organization utilizes robust survey mechanisms at each historic site, after rentals, events and all educational programs. This feedback allows GHF to keep pace with changing attitudes of our members, donors and visitors.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    GHF moved rapidly through many concepts in the strategic plan and we are actively adjusting to strengthen this plan with new creative concepts. Our historic site visitation continues to grow, our Center for Coastal Heritage is growing with more attendees at conferences and the depth of all of our programming is well received. Dickens on The Strand and Historic Homes Tour are successful and with the creation of two new events, we are expanding our heritage programming events.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Principally Galveston Island, with some programs in Galveston County. Our events have a regional appeal in the Houston area, southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

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GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Dwayne Jones

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Monty Bloodworth

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?