What is the A.L.B.G.?
A few days after the armies left the smoldering battlefield of Gettysburg in July, 1863, local residents began to guide curiosity seekers and grieving family members through the sites associated with the recent conflict. Over the last decades of the 19th century many individuals took up guiding as veterans and visitors from around the world arrived at what was fast developing as the premier battlefield park commemorating the American Civil War. Shortly after the Federal Government instituted a testing process to regulate the quality of the existing battlefield guides in the summer of 1915, these newly licensed guides met to establish an organization providing a common voice in promoting guide services and improving the quality of the visitor’s experience. The A.L.B.G. is now incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania as a 501 (C) (6) non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of the battlefield guide and promoting the benefits of a licensed guided tour of this and other battlefields of the American Civil War. Today, more than one hundred Association guides conduct thousands of visitors around Gettysburg and other battlefields of the Civil War each year. There are many other internet based, self-proclaimed “battlefield guides” out there with more popping up every year. Even in Gettysburg, there are tour companies purporting to have onboard guides – in reality simply untrained drivers providing narration -NOT legitimate trained and tested guides. If your guide of the Gettysburg battlefield does not wear the official uniform or does not wear the official guide patch depicted on every page of this website then he/she is NOT a sanctioned battlefield guide. Bus / Van drivers at NO time are permitted to provide tours of the field. Be wary of anyone not wearing the official uniform. Choose the oldest, most experienced and the ONLY guides tested, licensed by the federal government AND legally authorized to conduct tours of the Gettysburg National Military Park!! Code of Federal Regulations Title 36, Chapter 1, Part 25, Section 25.2, Subsection (a): “No person shall be permitted to offer his services or to act as a guide unless licensed for that purpose by the superintendent…”
***** 2017 LICENSED GUIDE QUALIFICATION EXAM *****
The National Park Service announced that the upcoming exam for FULL TIME licensed battlefield guides will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017. This examination will only be opened to individuals who can fulfill the requirements of a full time license. Currently this requires 175 tours each year plus the ability to accept tours weekdays, weekends, and holidays throughout the year – not just during summer months. Full details of the multi-tiered exam process can be found on the Gettysburg National Military Park website. Duplicate copies of the official documents can also be obtained / referenced by clicking the 2017 Exam Link on this site.
2017 ALBG Academy!
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 edition of the ALBG Academy (formerly Test Prep Program) is now open for registration. Based on the previous NPS announcement that the LBG Exam Process will be held again this December, the program will be of great value to potential guide candidates. Click the link for detailed information, pricing and registration details.
2017 ALBG Fall Seminar
“Tragedies, Travesties, and Controversies of the First Day”
Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September
2017 Summer Evening Walks Program
The sixth summer of our popular “Evening Walks” program is now open for registration. These are held each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 and cover, in detail, one specific topic. For additional information and to register visit the link below:
Welcome New LBGs!
The 2015 Exam Group testing was recently completed with thirteen brand-spanking new LBG’s licensed from the process. Below we list the name, badge number, licensing date and career guide number of all our new colleagues. Welcome, one and all.
Fran Feyock: Badge#104, June 13, C#579
Eric Lindblade: Badge#163, June 30, C#580
Rick Schroeder: Badge#166, July 11, C#581
Tom Clark: Badge#177, August 25, C#582
Chris Bagley: Badge#172, August 29, C#583
Therese Orr: Badge#236, Sept 6, C#584
Jasan Hileman: Badge#256, Sept 15, C#585
Tim Pierce: Badge#257, Sept 20, C#586
Mary Turk-Meena: Badge#95, Sept 21, C#587
Howard Wallace: Badge#259, Oct 11, C#588
Lewis Trott: Badge#258, Oct 20, C#589
Tracy Baer: Badge#NB, Oct 30, C#590
Howard Liddic: Badge#NB, Nov 21, C#591
***** IN MEMORIAM *****
Visit our Memoriam Page to see archived obituaries for all of our departed colleagues. If anyone has any story or fact missing from the page and would like to see it added, please contact the webmaster.