'Governors Island: From Military Base to NYC Public Oasis' Webinar

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How did an island in the middle of New York Harbor go from full service military base for the U.S. Army to one of America's most unique public spaces; where cars aren't allowed, people play on 70-foot hills, and stepping inside abandoned buildings is perfectly acceptable? It's time to explore the evolution and transformation of one of New York City's most fascinating islands, and how its main purpose changed from protector of the city to safe haven for its prolific artists.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the incredible story of Governors Island — a small island in New York Harbor that has been home to everything including Native American fishing camps, Dutch West India Company settlement, British garrison, American Army HQ, Confederate Prison of War, United States Coast Guard installation, and much more.

Led by New York City historian Kevin Draper, our virtual journey to Governors Island will include:

  • A historical overview of Governors Island, and how it acquired its name even though no governors ever lived there
  • A look at several historic American military fortifications including Fort Jay (1794), Castle Williams (1811), and South Battery (1812)
  • A virtual trip around the island to see remnants of its former military community, such as U.S. Army buildings and barracks abandoned in the 1960s (including Liggett Hall, once the world's longest building), Colonel's Row, The Admiral's House in Nolan Park, and The Governor's House (the island's oldest surviving structure, ~1703)
  • An introduction to Governors Island's newest public spaces including The Hills (four man-made hills ranging from 25-70 ft tall), The Play Lawn, and Hammock Grove — and how they play a vital role in protecting Lower Manhattan

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Kevin — any and all questions about Governors Island are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Kevin

“I am a New York City Historian, experienced licensed guide, and co-founder and director of New York Historical Tours on a mission to provide exceptional and unforgettable experiences with the highest level of service. I will give you a front row seat and exciting insight into the city’s dynamic history, rich culture, diverse architecture, show you unique treasures and share the fascinating secrets hidden between the city streets.

Kevin has led historical talks and lectures for top universities and Fortune 500 companies and is a respected historical consultant for major media and publications including CBS, ABC, Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Kevin Draper also provides inspiring presentations and does consulting on any subject as it relates to New York City History.



"The expansive knowledge the presenter had regarding the subject." -Ronald

"Presenter was great so much knowledge. Good style. Like the video. And the complete span from History to modern times." -Noelle

"Kevin's presentation was excellent; his knowledge of the history of the area is amazing. Very well organized." -Sherry

"Good explanations, very informative and interesting." -Angela

"The history of NYC & intro to the geography of the area. Had heard the name Governor’s Island but knew nothing about it." -Mary


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