“NYC Doughboy Day" World War I living history event a big success at Governors Island
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
NEW YORK (September 19, 2016) – There was a full agenda of World War I-related activities this Saturday in New York City, as a platoon of living history reenactors & historians brought World War I Doughboy Day to Governors Island National Monument. They hosted demonstrations & stories, and portrayed famous New York regiments, including the Harlem Hell Fighters.
The Doughboy Day participants included:
- Long Island Living History Association (https://www.facebook.com/longislandlivinghistoryassociation), military historians whose main purpose is to educate the public on all wars America has participated in.
- The Ebony Doughboys (https://ebonydoughboys.org/) a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War.
- Mark D. Van Ells, author of “America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide.”
- Actress Laurie Gaulke will represent women in the war with her show, “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly.”
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was on-hand to help out as well. Represented by WW1CC's Public Affairs Director, Chris Isleib, the Commission was able to help promote the event and get the word out about it to the community.
The weather was beautiful, and the audience was numbered in the thousands, as the weekend park visitors mingled with local history buffs. Organizer Ryan Hegg called it a great synergy. "The City of New York is central to the story of World War I, and the people here today really got that sense".
The event was produced by the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City (wwi100nyc.org), who are dedicated to planning, producing, and coordinating events and activities commemorating the First World War in New York City and the surrounding areas.