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    Harpers Ferry Center

New Exhibits for Governors Island National Park's Castle Williams

Castle Williams is located just east of Manhattan in New York City. Because of this strategic location it was built in 1811 as a prototype for a larger national coastal defense program.

In 2009 Governors Island National Monument began the rehabilitation of Castle Williams to stabilize the structure and allow for public access. The site has no heat or plumbing, and very limited electricity. Working within these limitations, interactive exhibits were designed and installed to interpret the fortification’s historic story and the striking views of New York Harbor and New York City. Multi-sensory components—including braille, tactile elements and audio programs—enable access for visitors with varying abilities.

These exhibits won a 1st Place in the category of "Wayside Exhibits" in the 2012 National Association of Interpretation (NAI) Media Awards.

 

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

Castle Williams exhibits

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