World War I History Weekend

New York World War I History Weekend

Event Details

World War I History Weekend
World War I History Weekend on Governors Island

A platoon of living history reenactors will bring World War I Doughboys to Governors Island National Monument on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, 2017, for a free exhibition. See demonstrations and hear stories as reenactors portray famous New York regiments at New York World War I History Weekend.

The centennial of American involvement in the “Great War” is in 2017 and this group of volunteer reenactors will share the story of U.S. participation. Both men and women will be in full uniform and provide displays and talks about the role America played in World War I. See vintage vehicles and firearms from the war era. It is free and suitable for all ages.

More information on participants is forthcoming. Photo gallery from 2016.

The events are free, open to the public, and run 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Governors Island National Monument. The displays will be on the Parade Ground and talks in and outside Castle Williams.

If you are a WW1 reenactor with a U.S. Impression you are welcome to attend. We will bivouac overnight Friday and Saturday night. All participants must register in advance with coordinator Kevin Fitzpatrick: info (AT) governorsislandguide (dot) com.

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.

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick has written and edited seven books with ties to New York history, including "The Governors Island Explorer's Guide" and "World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War." Kevin is a licensed sightseeing guide and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He resides in Manhattan.