Lecture: Albertine Hall Yeager & Galveston’s First African American Orphanage
Lecture By Marsha Rappaport & Julie Baker
Thursday, October 12
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Marsha Rappaport and Julie Baker will tell the moving story of a powerful island leader who saw an important need and rose to the occasion to help her community. Albertine Hall Yeager came to Galveston in 1917, and shortly thereafter, began taking in orphans and children of working mothers. Galvestonians from all religious groups, races, creeds, and colors rallied around her. The original site of the Albertine Yeager Home is 1111 32nd Street. The site received an Official Texas Historical Marker as an Undertold Story from the Texas Historical Society in February 2022.
About the Speakers:
Marsha Wilson Rappaport is a published author and journalist with a family history in Galveston. She has been a contributing writer for the Houston Post, Houston Chronicle, Houston Magazine, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and many others. She is a former Commissioner, appointed to a term on the Texas Commission on the Arts by former Governor Rick Perry. She currently serves as the President/Chair of the Gulf Coast Homeless Coalition, a member of the TX-BoS 607 HUD Continuum of Care; Member of City of Galveston, Families, Children and Youth Board and Director of Community Planning at TCCI.
Julie Baker is the current Galveston County Historical Commission Marker Chair, assisting organizations and individuals that are applying for Texas Historical markers. Julie is a retired CPA and has been a Galveston resident for the past 10 years. She lives with her husband Frank in the Silk-Stocking Historical District.