• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

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?

soldier stationed at Governors Island

In 1814, a private stationed on Governors Island would have earned about $8.00 for a month of service to his country.