The Lykes, Hallway, Harris, and Hutchings
Galleries are currently CLOSED.
When Galveston businessman and philanthropist Henry Rosenberg died in May of 1893, his last will and testament were made public. To the great surprise of local residents, Mr. Rosenberg left the bulk of his sizable estate to fund various charitable projects around the city. Among these were the construction of a library, an orphanage, a church, a monument honoring veterans of the Texas Revolution, and public drinking fountains for both people and animals.
Of the original seventeen (17) Rosenberg fountains, only nine (9) still exist. Explore the island and uncover the legacy of Henry Rosenberg! You can pick up a physical passport with a map on the 2nd Floor Reference Desk or download the PDF by clicking the button below.
Galveston Photography: 1860 – 1890
On display was the earliest known photographs of downtown Galveston, the aftermath of a devastating hurricane, and damage from the 1877 downtown fire
The Lykes Gallery exhibit is closed.
Galveston: Treasure Isle of the Gulf
An exhibit of artifacts and images related to the founding and rich history of Galveston Island
The Hutchings Gallery exhibit is closed.
Rare Books of the Rosenberg
A selection of rare manuscripts, early printed books, and valuable first editions from the library’s historical collections
The Hallway Gallery exhibit is closed.