Harris Gallery

Galveston Photography: 1860 – 1890

Rosenberg Library proudly announces its newest exhibit: Galveston Photography, 1860 – 1890. An opening reception is scheduled on Saturday, September 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4th floor Harris Gallery. Anne Peterson, Curator of Photographs at Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library, will give a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Fox Room.

The exhibit will include the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston which were taken by Sache & Potter Studio in 1861, just before the Civil War. Other images include the aftermath of a devastating hurricane that struck the island in October 1867 as well as damage from a downtown fire in 1877. One of the most striking images in the exhibit is a photograph of three men in a canoe resting above a frozen Galveston Bay after a winter storm in 1886.

Other interesting images are stereographs created by Galveston photographer P.H. Rose in the mid-1880s. Steregraphs are double images from slightly different perspectives which appear as a single, three-dimensional image when viewed with a stereoscope. Special viewing lenses will be available in the exhibit gallery so that these photos can be seen as originally intended by the photographer.

  • Central Wharf, 1861
Galveston Photography 1860 – 1890 is on display through December 31, 2018.
The exhibit is located in the Harris Gallery on the Library’s fourth floor and can be viewed
Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum galleries is always free.