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People

History really comes alive to us when we read or hear about another person's experience. Understanding what people heard, saw and felt, even if they lived a long time ago, helps make the past more than just a series of dates and place names. On this section of our Web site, you can delve deeper into the stories of some of the individuals who lived and worked on Governors Island, and shaped its history. Click on the links on the left to read more.
 
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Augustus Meyer, one of the students in Governors Island's Army Field Music School

Did You Know?

German immigrant family

In 1860, nearly half of the enlisted men stationed on Governors Island had immigrated to New York from either Ireland or Germany. Women immigrants from these countries also took their first jobs "off the boat" as maids and servants in the officers' homes on the island.