Galveston Storm of 1900: World’s Greatest Natural Disasters

DEATH-DEALING STORMS IN OTHER COUNTRIES IN 19TH CENTURY: 1864—Calcutta, India; 45,000 lives and 100 ships lost. 1881—Haifong, China; 300,000 lives lost. 1881—England; great destruction of life and property and many lives lost. 1882—Manila, Philippine Islands; 60,000 families rendered homeless and 100 lives lost. 1886—Madrid, Spain; 32 killed, 620 injured. 1887—Australian coast; 550 pearl fishers perished. 1888—Cuba; 1,000 lives lost. 1889—Apia, …


Galveston Hurricane Kills Over 8000: September 8, 1900

This September 8, 2019 will mark the 119th anniversary of the Galveston Storm of 1900 in which over 8000 souls drowned in the single deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history.  Thousands more died inland. Giovanni Carlo Bernardoni, an Italian immigrant from Bientina, Italy near Pisa, died trying to save another family after securing his wife and two baby children to …


$100,000 Challenge Grant Given – Lost Coppini Statue Project

July 10, 2019    The Lost Coppini Statue Project has recently received a challenge grant pledge of $100,000 from a prominent anonymous Texas family whose own family survived the Storm of 1900.  The challenge grant is to be used as seed money to kick start the re-creation of  Pompeo Coppini’s 1904 masterpiece “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue in …


Out of this World: Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 Spacesuit Statue

This Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 spacesuit statue, created due to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing,  is yet another example of the importance of properly commemorating and honoring great deeds, greater events and our greatest citizens who are part of the American spirit of resiliency and courage.  This September 8, 2019 will be the 119th anniversary of the Storm …


Houston Public Media – Coppini Broadcast – May 22, 2019

On May 22, 2019, Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” broadcast interviewed The Lost Coppini Statue Project’s John Bernardoni. Show host Craig Cohen reviewed the salient facts surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Pompeo Coppini’s masterpiece, “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue from 1904.  The original plaster-paris statue at 10 feet in height vanished from the University of Texas campus in …


UT AND THE LOST COPPINI STATUARY

                                          The “Victims of the Galveston Flood” statue’s history is dizzying and perplexing. Theories for how UT “lost” the entire 24 piece statuary including “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue in order of the most/least plausible. It is a …


“Houston Matters”: Coppini Project – May 22, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

  The celebrated radio show, “Houston Matters”, an NPR presentation, will feature Coppini project manager John Bernardoni covering the length and breadth of the fascinating odyssey of the vanished “Victims of the Galveston Flood” heroic statue from 1904. Stay tuned for more information. Please share with your friends.    


William Randolph Hearst: Galveston Orphans Bazaar – 1900

William Randolph Hearst organized and promoted the Galveston Orphans Bazaar on October 17, 1900 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to raise funds for the actual victims of the Storm of 1900. Area artists were asked to donate art works for the auction. Pompeo Coppini donated his first iteration of a maquette that would later become the “Victims of the Galveston …