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World War I Weekend on Governor’s Island

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 16, 2018

- Free

Living history reenactors will bring World War One to Governors Island National Monument Sept. 15 and 16, 2018. This is the largest free public WWI exhibition in the United States. Reenactors representing the Allies and Central Powers—as well as civilians in 1918-era attire—are invited living history participants. Governors Island is in New York Harbor, accessible via ferry.

The centennial of the Armistice is in 2018 and this group of volunteer reenactors will share the story of WWI participants. See living history, weapons and equipment displays, and vintage vehicles.

This is the third annual WWI event on Governors Island. The events are free, open to the public, and run 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM . The displays will be on the Parade Ground. Ferries run from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ferry info:

If you are a WWI reenactor you are welcome to attend. We will bivouac overnight Saturday night, September 15. All participants must register in advance. Only living history participants are permitted to camp overnight, no exceptions.


Saturday, September 15

11:30 Laurie Gaulke, Doughnuts For Doughboys: A WW1 Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly
12:00 M.M. McMahon, How to Research Your WWI Ancestor
12:30 Cheryl Dupris, WWI Native American Warriors
12:50 Tony Enos, Cherokee Song For Our Warriors “I Cry”
1:00 Randal Gaulke, Putting History into Practice: Visiting the American Battlefields of WW1
1:30 Stephen Harris, Father Francis Duffy
2:30 Al Ward, the 369th Infantry Harlem Hellfighters
3:30 Lillian Fehler, Dr. Anna Tjomsland and Women Doctors

Sunday, September 16

11:30 Keith Muchowski, Major John Purroy Mitchel
12:00 M.M. McMahon, How to Research Your WWI Ancestor
1:00 Libby O’Connell, Food and the War
1:30 Ryan Hegg, Rethinking The Greatest Generation
2:00 Jeffrey Sammons, the Harlem Hellfighters


Long Island Living History Association
* East Coast Doughboys
* Ebony Doughboys, Harlem Hellfighters
* New Jersey Field Music Group
* American Indian Community House
* U.S. WWI Centennial Commission
* French infantry, 151e Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne
* Bicycle Messenger, 27th Infantry Division
* 1917 Dodge Staff Car
* 1917 Dodge light utility truck
* 1917 WWI Triumph Motorcycle
* 1918 Model-T Ford ambulance
* Army Rolling Field Kitchen
* United States Marine Corps
* Nurse Corps
* Battalion Supply Sgt, 332nd Infantry Regiment
* Civilians in 1914-1919 clothes
* 26th Division medical corpsman
* 29th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
* Salvation Army Lassies
* U.S. Army Contract Surgeon
* Doughboy cook, 26th Division, 102nd Infantry
* Imperial German Medic
* Red Cross
* Veterinary Corps
* 27th Yankee Division Display
* HQ Co, 116th Inf, 29th Division
* U.S. Signal Corps Photo Unit
* 16th Infantry, 1st Division display
* 107th Inf, 27th Division display
* Aid worker, Los Alamos Historical Society

Supporting Organizations:

Governors Island National Monument ( manages 22 acres containing Fort Jay and Castle Williams. The U.S. National Park Service provides education and historic interpretation of the island.

World War One Centennial Committee for New York City ( is dedicated to planning, producing, and coordinating events and activities commemorating the First World War in New York City and the surrounding areas.

U.S. World War One Centennial Commission ( was created by Congress in 2013 to provide public outreach, education programs, and commemorative events for American involvement in World War I. The Commission was also authorized to build the new National World War I Memorial in Washington DC.

History Channel
General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA


September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Governors Island National Monument
Governors Island National Monument
New York, NY United States
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September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Governors Island National Monument
Governors Island National Monument
New York, NY United States
+ Google Map