People from across the county have heard of the 1900 Storm. While they may be strangers to Galveston many have seen a documentary or read a book related to this catastrophic storm. These documentaries and books often include photos from Rosenberg Library. Now you have an opportunity to see more than 100 photos from this collection and hear from Casey Greene, the head of special collections of the Galveston & Texas History Center at Rosenberg Library.
Rosenberg Library will present The Great Storm: Original Photographs from the Devastating Hurricane of September 8, 1900 at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 6 – 9 pm in conjunction with ArtWalk. The Great Storm presents 102 images during a 15-minute PowerPoint from the Rosenberg Library’s extensive photographic archives of the hurricane. The images include panoramic views of ruin, street scenes, and photographs of survivors and relief workers. These photos are amazing and they really give you an idea of what the survivors had to endure and overcome.
The 1900 Storm is the nation’s deadliest recorded natural disaster. It claimed upwards of 8,000 lives on Galveston Island and several thousand more on the mainland. A storm surge of almost 16 feet covered every part of Galveston. You'll often see markers around town identifying building the survived the 1900 Storm and, more recently, the water line from Hurricane Ike.
You'll also have a good opportunity to purchase a great remembrance of Galveston. Library staff will sell reproductions of historic color postcards from the Forshey Collection. In 2009, Rocky and Sherrie Forshey donated over 700 postcards of Galveston, circa 1898-1930, to the Rosenberg Library. The reproductions illustrate postcards depicting such topics as beach scenes, the Seawall, Hotel Galvez, and other Galveston landmarks.
Rosenberg Library, located at 23rd
and Sealy, suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ike. The library is currently undergoing a major renovation. To make donations toward the renovations visit www.Rosenberg-Library.org
or call (409) 763-8854.