By Katherine Santana '16SJC
Dr. Forman led a group of students on a walking tour of
Governors Island on Saturday, September 22nd; it was the
first time that he has taken a group there. I'm glad I had the
opportunity to go along with the other students on this trip. The
weather was beautiful, and we also took a brief tour of the Dutch
settlement of present-day lower Manhattan.
The day began on campus with a short overview of the places we
would be touring. We then took the subway to Manhattan to catch the
ferry that would bring us to the island. Before we boarded the
ferry, Dr. Forman gave us a quick tour of St. Paul's Chapel and
Bowling Green Park.
The ride on the ferry offered breathtaking views of the
Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. After we arrived, Dr.
Forman gave us a brief talk on the history of the island. We
learned that Wouter Van Twiller, a Dutch representative, purchased
the island in 1637, from the Native Americans of "Manahatas" for
two ax heads, a string of beads, and a handful of nails. We also
learned that for almost 200 years, Governors Island served as a
While touring Castle Williams, an historic building on the
island which served as a fort during colonial times and later as a
prison, the National Park Service rangers informed us that in 2003
the federal government sold most of Governors Island to New York
State for just one dollar. It has since become a popular recreation
destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Further renovations
and development are continuing on various parts of the island for
the enjoyment of future visitors.
The trip to Governors Island was very informative and enjoyable,
and it left us with a desire to participate in other upcoming