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Galveston’s award winning history podcast. Listen to us transform Galveston into the world’s largest free museum. Be sure to check out the Galveston Unscripted free audio tour at galvestonunscripted.com!

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    • 4.9 • 46 Ratings

Galveston’s award winning history podcast. Listen to us transform Galveston into the world’s largest free museum. Be sure to check out the Galveston Unscripted free audio tour at galvestonunscripted.com!

    Galveston's World War II Era History with George Osborne

    Galveston's World War II Era History with George Osborne

    Watch this full episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hUIY1lq-jYQ

    Galveston Unscripted Video on U Boats in the Gulf of Mexico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rLQODjyP8c

    Galveston.com history video series: https://www.galveston.com/?s=Artifacts


    Step back in time with George Osborne, our esteemed guest, whose rich tales from World War II-era Galveston weave a narrative that's as mesmerizing as it is educational. In our latest episode, George, a retired history teacher brings to life the island's 1940s landscape, marked by German U-boats prowling the Gulf of Mexico and the personal sagas of individuals Like Captain Gus Darnell.  With each story, George's deep personal links to the island and his experiences as a volunteer on the Elissa and a seasonal park ranger shine through, offering a uniquely intimate perspective on this pivotal moment in history.

    Galveston Unscripted is your gateway to the heart and soul of Galveston, Texas. Dive into captivating tales of Galveston's history, explore the breathtaking stories, and discover the vibrant cultural gems of Galveston. Subscribe for engaging narratives, exclusive insights, and an immersive journey through the essence of Galveston, Texas. #GalvestonUnscripted #galvestonhistory #texashistory 

    Subscribe to Galveston Unscripted on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts for more historical insights and stories from this remarkable island: https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/podcasts

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    • 31 min
    Historic Building Restoration with Juan Carcaño

    Historic Building Restoration with Juan Carcaño

    Watch this interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rufGyJyGhVo

    I sit down with Juan Carcaño to discuss historic restoration on the island and what it takes to get it done. We discuss the impact that building restoration for historic preservation has on Galveston's economy.

    Immaculate Painting and Construction: https://www.immaculatepaint.com/
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    Galveston Unscripted is your gateway to the heart and soul of Galveston, Texas. Dive into captivating tales of Galveston's history, explore the breathtaking stories, and discover the vibrant cultural gems of Galveston. Subscribe for engaging narratives, exclusive insights, and an immersive journey through the essence of Galveston, Texas. #GalvestonUnscripted #galvestonhistory #texashistory 

    Subscribe to Galveston Unscripted on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts for more historical insights and stories from this remarkable island: https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/podcasts

    Check out the podcast and audio tour that is transforming Galveston into the world's largest free museum! https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/

    Support the show! Buy me a book! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jrshaw409

    Galveston Unscripted Digital Market: https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/store
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    • 47 min
    A Deep Dive Into the History of the Texas Navy With Andy Hall

    A Deep Dive Into the History of the Texas Navy With Andy Hall

    I sit down with Andy Hall to discuss the FIRST and SECOND Texas Navy that played a vital role during the Texas Revolution and during the years of the republic of Texas!

    Andy Hall has volunteered with the office of the State Marine Archaeologist at the Texas Historical Commission since 1990, helping to document historic shipwrecks in Texas waters. From 1997 to 2002, Hall served as Co-Principal Investigator for the Denbigh Project, the most extensive archaeological investigation of a Civil War blockade runner to date in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Hall has written two books on Texas maritime history, The Galveston-Houston Packet: Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou and Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast, both published by the History Press of Charleston, South Carolina. Hall writes and speaks frequently on the subjects of Texas' maritime history and its military conflicts in the 19th century. Hall is a Texas Navy Admiral, and recently completed two consecutive terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Navy Association. He currently serves as Commander of the Texas Navy's Charles E. Hawkins Squadron in Galveston.

    The Texas Navy Association: https://texasnavy.org/

    Andy Hall's Books:
    Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast : https://www.amazon.com/Civil-Blockade-Running-Texas-Coast/dp/1626195005
    The Galveston-Houston Packet: Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou: https://www.amazon.com/Galveston-Houston-Packet-Steamboats-Buffalo-Bayou/dp/1609495918

    Subscribe to Galveston Unscripted on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts for more historical insights and stories from this remarkable island.

    Check out the podcast and audio tour that is transforming Galveston into the world's largest free museum! https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/

    Support the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jrshaw409

    Galveston Unscripted Digital Market: https://www.galvestonunscripted.com/store
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    A Tribute to the Island's Heroes through the 20th-Century

    A Tribute to the Island's Heroes through the 20th-Century

    Explore the rich military history of Galveston Island. Honoring American veterans who have called Galveston County home. Join us as we journey through the 20th century conflicts, visiting monuments and locations that pay tribute to the brave men and women who served, sacrificed, and left an indelible mark on the fabric of our nation's history.
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    • 8 min
    The Battle for a Pirate Haven on Galveston Island: Louis Michel Aury & Jean Lafitte

    The Battle for a Pirate Haven on Galveston Island: Louis Michel Aury & Jean Lafitte

    In this episode, we unravel the intriguing stories of Louis Michel Aury and the illustrious Lafitte brothers, who shaped Galveston Island's identity as a haven for pirates, privateers, and revolutionaries in the early 19th century. Aury's privateering government, combined with piracy and slave trading, led to a diverse and tumultuous island community. The arrival of Jean and Pierre Lafitte added further drama, as they established a thriving pirate colony. Explore the blurred lines between piracy, slave trading, privateering, and revolution in this captivating exploration of Galveston's complex maritime history.


    See below for historical resources!
    https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1231&context=ethj

    https://www.galvestonmonthly.com/history/aury.html

    https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/aury-louis-michel
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    • 6 min
    The Great Storm of 1900: Rebroadcast

    The Great Storm of 1900: Rebroadcast

    This episode is a rebroadcast from last September in memory of those lost and in honor of the survivors of the 1900 Storm in Galveston, Texas. The storm is still to this day the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.  

    The episode is a combination of 4 episodes released in weekly chapters in 2022. Some contextual updates have been inserted throughout this episode. 

    Prepare to step back in time as we traverse the monumental events of the Great Storm of 1900, which left an indelible mark on the vibrant city of Galveston, Texas. Picture Galveston in 1900, a city of wealth and prosperity, home to numerous Texas firsts, is blissfully unaware of the impending disaster as the storm warning flag is hoisted by Isaac Cline, head of the Texas section of the United States Weather Bureau. The city and its inhabitants, uncertain of what lies ahead, continue their daily business.

    As the dust settles in the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in US history, we take a look at the formidable task of rebuilding and shielding the city. From martial law being declared, to exhaustive rescue and cleanup efforts, and the mammoth undertaking of constructing a seawall and elevating the island, Galveston's resilience is awe-inspiring. 
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Fishsurfvball ,

My favorite way to learn about Galveston!!!!

Simply the best resource and experience to engage and interact with the incredible history of Galveston.

Choose your own adventure and learn about history anywhere you may find yourself on the island.

Party1412 ,

Well done podcast

Great guests. Very informative. Pace is good.

Holliemartin ,

Super informative

Great Galveston information

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