While many cities offer historic home tours to show off the architectural and antique wonders of their areas, the upcoming Sacred Places Tour organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation features eight local places of worship of widely varying congregations (and one cemetery…for a headstone-cleaning demonstration). “We hope everyone leaves with a better understanding of Galveston’s rich religious heritage, as well as the role Galveston played as the leading city in Texas during the 19th century, when these congregations began,” says Jami Dunham, manager of historic-properties research and special programming for the city. “As the ‘Ellis Island of the South’ and the immigration gateway on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston’s variety of churches also represent the community’s acceptance of differing beliefs.” New this year on the tour is the synagogue Congregation Beth Jacob, giving visitors a look into the Orthodox Jewish faith. (Please note that the synagogue will not be open to the public until 1:30 p.m.) Proceeds from the tour benefit the restoration of St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and the oldest German Catholic church in Texas.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 409-750-9108 or visit galvestonhistory.org. $15.
Sat., Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2014