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Celebrates New Historic Marker with Dedication Celebration
On March 1, the telegrammade headline news in virtually every
major American newspaper.
“Shortly after the nation became aware of the telegram, the
United States committed to entering World War I,” explains
Dwayne Jones, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Executive
Director. “Many historians believe that the telegram played a
role in shifting public opinion against Germany.”
Americans were indeed outraged by the German plot to
embroil their country in a war with Mexico, and on April 6, 1917,
the United States declared war against Germany.
n Saturday, September 30, the Galveston Historical Foundation
will recognize the 100
anniversary of World War I with a day
of special events focusing on Galveston Island’s pivotal role in
delivering the Zimmerman telegram to Mexico in 1917.
In January of 1917, British intelligence intercepted and decrypted a
secret telegram from German foreign secretary Arthur Zimmermann
to the German envoy to Mexico. In it, Zimmermann offered the
states of Texas, NewMexico, and Arizona to Mexico in return for
joining the German cause. The British gave a copy of Zimmermann’s
message to the U.S. government, which in turn leaked it to the press.
2pm- Zimmerman Telegraph Historic Marker Dedication
Free to the Public
The new Texas Historical Commission subject marker will be
a lasting message about Galveston’s role in the famous 1917
Zimmerman telegram. “GHF is pleased to recognize our role
as we acknowledge the telegraph switching building that once
sat near the Seawall and was saved by Pat and Fred Burns in
the 1990s,” says Jones.
3pm- Zimmerman Telegraph Lecture by Dr. Thomas Boghardt
Free with RSVP
In this lecture, Dr. Thomas Boghardt will discuss the German
rationale behind the so-called Zimmermann Telegram, the
means by which the British obtained it, and its impact on
the United States. The lecture will also examine the role of
Galveston in the transmission of Zimmermann’s alliance
proposal from Europe to Mexico, and the contemporary
relevance of the telegram’s interception, decryption, and
dissemination in the United States.
5:30pm- History on Tap
Featuring French 75’s and the Matt Tolentino Trio
Enjoy two specially created cocktails on the grounds of the
1838 Menard House, with live pre-swing popular music of
1895-1935 by the Matt Tolentino Trio, for a special History on
Tap. Allegedly named after the 75mm Howitzer field gun used
by the French and Americans in World War 1, the French 75
is crafted with gin, lemon, sugar, and champagne. This special
event will also feature a special “rum rationing” station where
attendees will taste a special rum based drink. Rum rationing
was introduced in 1914, two ounces to each soldier per day,
to ward off the chill and dampness of the trenches.
All activities will be held at the Menard House complex, located
at 1605 33
Street. To purchase tickets or RSVP to the free
events, visit For more information,
contact Will Wright, Director of Communications and Special
Events at 409.765.3404 or