This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Army turning Governors Island over to the Coast Guard, and the 20th anniversary of the Coast Guard announcing that it too was leaving the Island. Governors Island opened to the public in 2003. Brooklyn ARTery has invited former service member residents and author of The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide, Kevin Fitzpatrick, for a series of free events:
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, from 11:30-5:30pm, Governors Island, Nolan Park, Building 10B
Panel Discussion/ Q and A with Former GI residents, Service Members and Coast Guard “brats” MC’d by Kevin Fitzpatrick: Hear what life was like when Governors Island was an Army and Coast Guard base. Our special guests will be the former residents who used to call the buildings around us their home.
Book Signing w/ Author: Kevin Fitzpatrick: Governors Island Explorer’s Guide, Published 2016.
Free history walking tours led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, a sightseeing guide and author of The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide (Globe Pequot).
Storytelling: Former Residents share stories of their time living on the island. The stories will be recorded for posterity, and shared online and sent to the U.S. Library of Congress.
Schedule of Free Events:
11:30 Free Walking Tours – Take a 45-minute walk around Nolan Park and learn the history of the park and Governors Island, from historian and author Kevin Fitzpatrick
12:30- 2:00 Book Signing – Meet Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide.
2:00 Free Walking Tour – Take a 45-minute walk around Nolan Park and learn the history of the park and Governors Island.
3:00-3:45 Panel Discussion/ Q & A – Meet former residents of Governors Island and hear their stories about island life when it was a military base. On the Brooklyn ARTery Soundstage next to Building 10B.
4:00- 5:00 Storytelling – Former residents will individually tell their stories on Brooklyn ARTery porch.
5:00 -5:30 Book Signing – Meet Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of The Governors Island Explorer’s Guide.
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.