Galveston: A City on Stilts (General History: Texas)

Wright-Gidley, Jodi; Marines, Jennifer

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Sinopsis: Book by WrightGidley Jodi Marines Jennifer

Críticas: Publication: The Daily News
Article Title: Photos chronicle isleas recovery after 1900 Storm
Author: Bronwyn Turner
Date: 11/2/2008


GALVESTON a A collection of photographs with detailed captions was published nationwide Monday a amazingly sharp images of the engineering feats and innovation involved in Galvestonas recovery after a hurricane.


The faces and images cast an eerie message of hope, traveling forward in time, from 1900 to 2008.


aI hope that readers, especially now after Ike, take away inspiration to rebuild, a said Jodi Wright-Gidley, director of the Galveston County Historical Museum. Wright-Gidley co-authored the book, aGalveston: A City on Stilts, a with Jennifer Marines, assistant director and curator.


aThey can say, aWow, if those people in 1900 could come through that devastation, we can too, aa Wright-Gidley added. aItas amazing what they accomplished with their technology in 1900.a


Marines agreed.


aI just hope people learn about a period in Galveston history we often forget about, a she said. aPeople remember the storm, but they donat realize how much work it was to put the island back together.a


Many of the photographs reveal rare scenes of the reconstruction of Galveston. They were taken by Zeva B. Edworthy, a commercial photographer who worked in Galveston from 1904-1910.


Edworthy wanted to document the rebuilding of Galveston, the construction of its gigantic seawall, and the process of raising the level of 500 city blocks, when houses were perched on stilts. He took hundreds of pictures, carefully placing them in an album.


Then Edworthy moved on to other work, eventually settling in WestVirginia as a director of religious education. The photographs from Galveston were locked away in a closet for years, and then passed along to Edworthyas daughter, Judith, who set them aside.


aThen, in 2005, I opened the album again, and my husband and I spent hours studying the fascinating pictures, a Judith Edworthy Wray wrote in the bookas preface. The family realized the value of such a collection, and donated the 340 pictures to the Galveston County Historical Museum.


aThus, my fatheras photographs, depicting rare scenes of Galvestonas resurrection after the 1900 disaster, finally have returned, a Wray wrote.


Museum staff selected 75 photographs, enlarged them and put together an exhibit in 2006 called aA City on Stilts: Galveston, 1902-1912.a The exhibit was the most popular ever at the museum.


aEveryone kept saying this would make a great book, a Wright-Gidley said. Then Arcadia Publishing, which specializes in regional history books, contacted the museum, asking for suggestions for a book topic. The book project began.


Wright-Gidley and Marines culled the 340 photographs down to 200, eliminating duplicates of scenes. They then set to work researching the stories behind each picture.


aI had a lot of fun driving around town, looking for the location of a picture, a Marines said. aWe would try to figure out what was going on in a picture.a


The women researched the machinery in the photographs, the people, the amusement park structures and other buildings. They used Internet archives of The Daily News, Rosenberg Library archives and museum archives.


aWe wanted to say more than the picture, a Wright-Gidley said. aWe wanted totell a story through the picture.a


The women became history detectives as they researched captions, often surprised by what research revealed.


aI was really impressed by seeing how fast Galveston recovered from the 1900 Storm, a Wright-Gidley said. aI did research on the tourist attractions, and even after the storm, people were saying, aLetas get ready for the summer, a rebuilding bath houses, bringing in carnival rides.a


Seven months ago, the book was completed and sent to Arcadia Publishing. Then, more than a month ago, Hurricane Ike swept through the island. Museum staff became disaster relief workers, handing out flood buckets, distributing instructional fliers, helping clean out houses.


While floodwaters damaged the basement of the museum, the exhibits, including the Edworthy photo collection, escaped harm. Electric panels, air-conditioning units and the air-conditioner duct system will have to be replaced before the museum can be reopened.


The book was released in bookstores Monday, with all publisher profits donated to the Galveston Historical Foundation. aTheyare selling them like hotcakes, a Wright-Gidley said. The first run from Arcadia sold out, and a second run is being printed.


Publicity materials from Arcadia included a brief interview with the authors. aWe hope readers will appreciate the strong human spirit that was required of the Galvestonians in 1900, a the women stated in the press release.


aAfter surviving the worst natural disaster in U.S. history, they chose to say and rebuild their city with great ingenuity.a


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a[ The authors will participate in book signings from 7 p.m. to 9p.m. Friday at the Bishopas Palace in Galveston; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Borders Book Store, 3025 Kirby Drive in Houston; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Barnes and Noble, 11200 Broadway St. in Pearland; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Books-A-Million, 1201 Main St. in Houston; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Borders Book Store in the Bay area. They will also be signing books in the retail center area on The Strand and 23rd Street during Dickens on The Strand, Dec. 6-7.


a[ Copies will be personalized and signed by the authors when purchased online at www.galvestonhistory.org. The cost is $26.99 plus shipping and handling. All proceeds benefit the Galveston Historical Foundation. For more information, call (409) 765-7834.


a[ National booksellers Borders, Waldenbooks and Books-A-Million have pledged to contribute a portion of the bookas proceeds to the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Title: Area publisher helps after hurricane

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: The Post and Courier

Date: 5/31/09
Arcadia Publishing, a Mount Pleasant-based book company, has donated $20,000 to the Galveston Historical Foundation to assist the Texas community in its rebuilding effort after Hurricane Ike ripped through the coastal area in September 2008.
Arcadia, which recently released a book titled "Galveston: A City on Stilts," pledged to donate profits from the first printing (a guaranteed $20,000) to the Galveston Historical Foundation, with which the publisher has maintained an ongoing partnership.
The devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike deeply touched Arcadia employees, according to President and CEO Richard Joseph.
"When a tragedy like that happens, no matter how far away it is, your first instinct is to want to help," Joseph said in a statement.
The gift was delivered to foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones and President Tom Schwenk during the 2009 Historic Preservation Awards held in Galveston on May 8.
"Arcadia Publishing's generosity, especially during these tough economic times, is truly amazing," Jones said. "We are so grateful for this gift. This donation makes it possible for us to continue to preserve the rich and diverse historic buildings of Galveston."

Title: Arcadia Publishing Donates $20,000 to Historical Organization
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Press Release
Date: 5/20/09


Struggling economy doesn't deter regional history publisher from bestowing charitable gift.


Charleston, SC based Arcadia Publishing released a new book entitled Galveston: A City on Stilts shortly after Hurricane Ike ripped through the Texas island in September 2008. The devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike deeply touched Arcadia Publishing employees. President and CEO Richard Joseph said, "When a tragedy like that happens, no matter how far away it is, your first instinct is to want to help."


Arcadia Publishing, who has an ongoing partnership with the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF), pledged to donate all profits from the first printing of the book, a guaranteed amount of $20,000. That promise was fulfilled earlier this month during the Foundation's annual Preservation Awards event.


Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of the GHF, said "Arcadia Publishing's generosity, especially during these tough economic times, is truly amazing. We are so grateful for this gift. This donation makes it possible for us to continue to preserve the rich and diverse historic buildings of Galveston." Joseph, who traveled to Galveston to present the check in person, shared "Our employees were motivated and it seemed like the right thing to do. I'm so glad we could help."


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Arcadia Publishing's mission is to make history accessible and meaningful, and to celebrate and preserve the heritage of America's people and places.


Galveston: A City on Stilts is available from Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Title: "Galveston: A City on Stilts" book review
Author: Tim Heller
Publisher: KTRK-13 ABC News
Date: 2/19/2009


For me, one of the most fascinating events in Galveston's history was not the hurricane of 1900 but the raising of the island to protect the city from future storms.


A new book, "Galveston: A City on Stilts" looks back at the bold decision to build a seawall and raise the land behind it 17' above sea level. Now in its third printing, the book is published by the Galveston Historical Foundation and Arcadia Press.


How the book came about is as interesting as the story it tells. Zeva B. Edworthy arrived in Galveston shortly after the 1900 hurricane. He spent the next several years taking pictures around town, documenting the rebuilding of the island. Edworthy's family found the treasure box of photographs after his death and donated them to the Galveston Historical Foundation.


I have books that show a few pictures of Galveston from that time period, but there are over 200 pictures in "A City on Stilts." It's an amazing collection of photographs with narratives supplied by the Galveston County Historical Museum curators Jodi Wright-Gidley and Jennifer Marines. There are really four stories featured in the book: constructing the seawall; raising buildings up onto stilts; pumping in the sandy fill; and life on the island over a six-year period while all this was going on.


Since it's primarily a picture book, it's a quick read. But you won't be able to put the book down. The high-quality, black and white photographs show a view of Galveston you probably have never seen before. Wright-Gidley and Marines packed the pages with little-known facts that make the story of Galveston even more amazing. I only wished they had included a map of the island so those not familiar with the city could realize the enormity of the task taken on by city leaders over a hundred years ago.


Edworthy's photographs were featured in a popular exhibit at the Galveston County Historical Museum in 2007. However, last fall the museum was damaged by Hurricane Ike and is now closed. Curators told me they are working to finish repairs and hope to re-open in a few months.


In the meantime, you can buy the book online and at booksellers around the area. Proceeds benefit the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Title: Area publisher helps after hurricane
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: The Post and Courier
Date: 5/31/09


Arcadia Publishing, a Mount Pleasant-based book company, has donated $20,000 to the Galveston Historical Foundation to assist the Texas community in its rebuilding effort after Hurricane Ike ripped through the coastal area in September 2008.


Arcadia, which recently released a book titled "Galveston: A City on Stilts," pledged to donate profits from the first printing (a guaranteed $20,000) to the Galveston Historical Foundation, with which the publisher has maintained an ongoing partnership.


The devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike deeply touched Arcadia employees, according to President and CEO Richard Joseph.


"When a tragedy like that happens, no matter how far away it is, your first instinct is to want to help," Joseph said in a statement.


The gift was delivered to foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones and President Tom Schwenk during the 2009 Historic Preservation Awards held in Galveston on May 8.


"Arcadia Publishing's generosity, especially during these tough economic times, is truly amazing," Jones said. "We are so grateful for this gift. This donation makes it possible for us to continue to preserve the rich and diverse historic buildings of Galveston."

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