All the Galveston C-SPAN programming is available now on the web HERE (you may have to select Galveston from the cities drop-down.)

The segment featuring Galveston Bookshop can be viewed HERE.

Featured on Book TV and American History TV
Weekend of March 7-8

Hosted by our Comcast cable partners, our C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations to explore the unique history and literary culture of Galveston, Texas.

In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Galveston pieces for their networks will air.

SATURDAY, March 7 at 11am CT/12pm ET on C-SPAN2
(Comcast channel 208)

SUNDAY, March 8 at 1pm CT/2pm ET on C-SPAN3
(Comcast channel 209)


Learn about the “Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast” from author Andrew Hall.

Hear author Casey Greene share the story of “Through a Night of Horrors: Voices of the 1900 Galveston Storm”.

Learn about the “Celluloid Wars: A Guide to Film and the American Experience of War” from author Stephen Curley.

Tour Galveston Bookshop – located in downtown Galveston’s historic district, see the bookshop’s unique offerings.

Hear the story of the “The Ship That Would Not Die” from author Stephen Curley.


Learn about the Port of Galveston. Galveston, Texas was known as the “Ellis Island of the West”. The Port of Galveston was established by a proclamation issued by the Congress of Mexico on October 17, 1825. Hear how the port became one of the busiest in the country, exporting commodities such as cotton, cattle and rice, and also serving as a major terminal for immigrants.

Tour the USS Cavalla, a retired WWII era submarine. On January 21, 1971, the U.S. Navy transferred possession of Cavalla to the Texas Submarine Veterans of WWII. The Cavalla was then delivered to her permanent berth at Seawolf Park in Galveston. Tour the inside of this sub and see what life was like for those who served aboard the USS Cavalla.

Learn about the history of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. See Ashton Villa, the historic home where it is believed General Granger informed the enslaved people that they were now free and hear about the historical significance of Juneteenth.

Visit the Rosenberg Library Museum and learn about Galveston’s history through some of the items in their archives and collections. See one of the earliest maps of Galveston Bay, a painting of French-American pirate, Jean Lafitte, and business notes and correspondence between Galveston’s two founders.

Tour the Elissa, an 1877 merchant sailing vessel. Elissa was built when sailing ships were beginning to be replaced by steam ships. Today the ship is a fully functional vessel operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation and serves as a training tool.


Information posted here was supplied by
Debbie Lamb
C-SPAN Cities Tour Coordinating Producer