Exhibitions and Public History Displays
All activities on the Parade Grounds, Governors Island National Monument property
Saturday, Sept 15, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Supported by the History Channel

* Long Island Living History Association
* East Coast Doughboys
* Ebony Doughboys, Harlem Hellfighters
* New Jersey Field Music Group
* American Indian 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
* Private, 109th Regiment, 28th Division
* 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

Authors and Experts Area
Supported by the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA

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
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

11:00 Véronique Lozano, WWI Native American Warriors
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

Authors and Experts Biographies

Come to the tent for free talks and presentations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Cheryl Dupris
Cheryl Dupris
Cheryl Dupris, WWI Native American Warriors

Sergeant First Class (E-7) Cheryl Dupris has been retired from the U.S. Army for 33 years. She is a Full blooded Native American from the Sioux Nation. Her Tribal affiliation is Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She is a community member of the American Indian Community House (AICH) and a respected Elder treasured by the Native American/First Nations community here in New York City. AICH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City. AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding.


Laurie Gaulke
Laurie Gaulke

Laurie Gaulke, Doughnuts For Doughboys: A WW1 Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly


Laurie Gaulke is an actress/storyteller specializing in creating historical portrayals of real women with real stories to tell. Using primary sources (diaries, letters, journals) whenever possible, she strives to present each character in a historically, culturally and socially accurate manner. A Cultural Anthropologist by background, she enjoys the hunt of researching the personal and social details for her performances and takes joy in breathing life into the extraordinary lives of ordinary women. Follow me on Facebook“Every single day, around the world, history is being created by the ordinary lives of everyday people.”

Randal Gaulke
Randal Gaulke

Randal Gaulke, Putting History into Practice: Visiting the American Battlefields of WW1


Randal Gaulke has been studying WW1 and its battlefields for almost four decades. Since 1986 he has visited the battlefields more than twenty times; and he enjoys guiding groups and individuals. In 2017 he quit his job as a financial analyst in Manhattan in order to work and live in France for six months as a freelance tour guide. In September 2018 he plans to return to the battlefields for two months. Randal also pursues other WW1-related activities; including: maintaining his website and Facebook group with the same name; writing and preparing historical presentations; and taking an active role in historical associations.

Stephen L. Harris, Father Francis Duffy


Stephen L. Harris is the author of the award-winning trilogy about New York City’s National Guard regiments in World War One, including Duffy’s War, named by the World War One Historical Association as one of the best books about America in the war. The other books in the trilogy are Duty, Honor, Privilege and Harlem’s Hell Fighters. He also wrote Rock of the Marne about the 3rd Division. Before working on his World War One books, he edited General Electric’s corporate magazine, Monogram, and in 1996 wrote 100 Golden Olympians for the U.S. Olympic Committee that honored America’s greatest living gold medalists as part of the Modern Olympic Games’ 100th anniversary. Visit his author site.


Margaret M. McMahon
Margaret M. McMahon

Margaret M. McMahon, How to Research Your WWI Ancestor

Saturday and Sunday

Margaret M. McMahon was born and raised in New York City. With a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, she amassed over thirty years of engineering, in flight test, systems engineering and as a college and graduate school professor. She always collected family stories and when her son was born, family lines became more relevant. She focused her engineering skills on her newfound passion to combine family stories with factual records. She researches, lectures and writes about genealogy. Among her books are Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors and With Rifle and Shovel: The 51st Pioneer Infantry Regiment in WWI. Dr. McMahon’s books can be found at Amazon. Visit her author site A Week of Genealogy and the site for the 51st Pioneers. She is on Facebook and Twitter.


Dr. Libby O’Connell

Dr. Libby O’Connell, Food and the War


Dr. Libby O’Connell was appointed to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission by President Barack Obama.  She was named Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach for A&E Networks in March 2005.  Dr. O’Connell serves as historical adviser for HISTORY channel’s programming department.  In addition, she spearheads all educational and community-based initiatives for A&ETN, including History’s Take A Veteran To School Day and the award-winning Save Our History.  Dr. O’Connell received her M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Dr. O’Connell serves on the boards of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; the Civil War Preservation Trust; and National History Day. She is also on the Council of Scholar Advisors for George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. Follow Libby on Twitter.

Jeffrey T. Sammons, The Harlem Hellfighters


Jeffrey T. Sammons is a professor of history at New York University, where he has taught since 1989 in addition to having served previously as the department’s director of graduate studies.  In 1987, Sammons was named a Henry Rutgers Research Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden and completed his critically acclaimed Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society. In 2001 Sammons was awarded a fellowship by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and History and soon after received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2002-2003 in support of his recently published Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the Quest for African American Equality. Sammons has written widely on the subject of sport and race and has participated in and consulted on numerous documentary projects with independent filmmakers as well as large television networks.