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Camp Doughboy WWI History Weekend

Sep 15, 2018 – Sep 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parade Ground

Dozens of history experts, authors, and reenactors will bring World War I to Governors Island National Monument on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, 2018. There will be hands-on demonstrations, displays, real artifacts, book-talks, and activities for all ages, as the living history group sets up their third annual Camp Doughboy WWI History Weekend.

A full schedule of events is below. All are free. Vintage cars, trucks, ambulance, and motorcycle circa 1918 will be displayed. Living history experts will provide displays on artillery, communications, infantry, medicine, and the veterinary corps. Representatives from American Indian House will be on hand to talk about Native American soldiers.

There will be a genealogy area, so visitors can trace their WWI ancestors, a fully functioning replica of a U.S. Army field kitchen, and musicians who will perform 1918 field music.

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, Native American Heroes
1:00 Randal Gaulke, Putting History into Practice: Visiting the American Battlefields of WW1
1:30 Stephen Harris, Father Francis Duffy
2:30 David Pietrusza, Teddy Roosevelt in 1916
3:30 Lillian Fehler, Women Doctors and Dr. Anna Tjomsland

Sunday, September 16

11:30 Keith Muchowski, MAJ 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
3:00 David Pietrusza, Teddy Roosevelt in 1916

Getting There
7 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier
3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 2 Minutes from Yankee Pier