Forgotten Gateway

Coming to America Through Galveston Island

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Current Exhibition Travel Dates and Locations
East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore, Kilgore, TX 04/22/2019 - 06/15/2019

Forgotten Gateway explored the Port of Galveston's role in the story of 19th and 20th century immigration to the United States. 

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the Port of Galveston was one of America's top-ten transoceanic ports of entry into Texas and the United States. Through a collection of photographs, film footage, graphics, narratives, hands-on interactive experiences, and historic artifacts, the exhibition told the individual stories of coming to America through Texas.

Following its exhibition at the Bullock Museum, Forgotten Gateway embarked on a national tour to other institutions, including Moody Gardens in Galveston and the Ellis Island Museum in New York City. A small-format version of the exhibition continues to be available through the Humanities Texas Traveling Exhibit program.

This exhibition was awarded a We the People grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional support for this exhibition was provided by Robert J. Kleberg, Jr & Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Fund; Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; Summerlee Foundation; Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund; Moody Foundation; Scurlock Foundation; and Humanities Texas.

Forgotten Gateway was guest-curated by Dr. Suzanne Seriff, an independent museum curator and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.