Friday, October 19, 2007


Museum plans lecture on marine archaeology


The Daily News
October 19, 2007

GALVESTON — Andrew Hall, a marine archaeological steward with the Texas Historical Commission, will discuss the maritime development of the Texas Coast at a lecture at the Galveston County Historical Museum on Saturday.

Hall also will discuss efforts by the state to preserve and record archaeological sites and will talk about a project to record a wreck in Florida that is believed to be the steamship Tonawanda, which supplied Union ships stationed off Galveston during the Civil War.

The lecture is in honor of Texas Archaeology Month.

Hall has served as a volunteer with the Texas Historical Commission since 2001. He also is the Web site designer and illustrator for the PAST Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation that promotes partnerships between anthropologists and educators to bring their work to a wider audience.

Hall has contributed as Web site developer or historical researcher on several nautical archaeology projects, including the 1686 wreck of the French ship La Belle (1995-97), the Civil War blockade runner Denbigh (1997-2003), the Red River Steamboat Project (2001), the U-166 (2003), the Deep Gulf Shipwrecks Project and the USS Arizona Preservation Project (both 2004). More recently, he has participated in fieldwork on the 1875 wreck of the City of Waco at Galveston, as well as on the Tonawanda project.

A former member of the Galveston County Historical Commission and president of the Southwest Underwater Archaeological Society, Hall has written on maritime history and underwater archaeology and has contributed illustrations to a number of works in the field.

The Galveston County Historical Museum is a joint project of Galveston Historical Foundation and the Galveston County Commissioners Court.


At A Glance

WHAT: Lecture on marine archaeology

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Galveston County Historical Museum, 2219 Market St., Galveston.

INFORMATION: Museum director Jodi Wright-Gidley, 409-766-2340.


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