STEPHENVILLE (November 30, 2015) — The first-of-its-kind exhibition exploring Galveston’s legacy as a national port of entry comes to Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas Dec. 8 through Jan. 17.
Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island—by the Bullock Texas State History Museum—is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.
From 1845 to 1924, the Port of Galveston was a major gateway for American immigration. This exhibition brings to light the little-known, yet rich, era of Galveston’s history and importance to the growth of Texas and the American Midwest.
While Ellis Island’s location in New York made it a natural port for Europeans, Galveston attracted a diverse group of people from Europe, Mexico, South and Central America, and even Asia. The exhibition highlights enduring themes in the history of immigration including the dangers of the journey, making a life in a new land, navigating bureaucracy and confronting discrimination.
The W.K. Gordon Center, a Tarleton museum and research facility located in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.