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Welcome to the third annual Camp Doughboy World War I History Weekend, coming Sept 15-16, 2018, at Governors Island National Monument, New York Harbor. Events begin at 10 a.m. each day with living history, reenactors, authors, experts, vintage vehicles, and animals. The weekend is free to attend, free ferries are available 10:00-11:30 a.m. (ferry schedule here).

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 displays will be on the Parade Ground. Ferries run from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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 at Governors Island National Monument. The displays will be on the Parade Ground. Ferries run from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Organizations/Participants:

East Coast Doughboys
The East Coast Doughboys is an organization of World War I reenactors. The mission is to connect the community about events in the NY, NJ, CT, and PA region. We support the living history community at events and cultural institutions. All A.E.F. impressions, women in uniform, and civilians.

Long Island Living History Association
A group of dedicated military historians whose main purpose it to educate the public about military history through educational displays of uniforms and equipment. The goal of the Long Island Living History Association is to keep history alive through the stories of our Veterans.

American Indian Community House
Learn about Native American warriors in World War I and more about American Indian Community House. The mission of American Indian Community House (AICH) is to provide an urban oasis for the Indigenous Peoples of the western hemisphere who are in the greater New York area, empowering them with skills and education in order to compete in 21st Century urban living. We strive to build bridges of cultural understanding and strengthen community ties.

Vintage Vehicles

See WWI era cars, trucks, and equipment. See a replica U.S. Army field kitchen in use. An exhibition of WWI bicycles and motorcycle will be on the Parade Ground. Complete schedule here.

History Hut

Trace your military veteran family history with expert genealogists and family researchers. Learn more about what your ancestor or family member may have done in WWI. Bring your documents to the island and experts can look at them with you. Author M.M. McMahon (Researching Your U.S. WWI Army Ancestors) will give a talk on military genealogy.

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.

Flanders in the USA the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA.