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…”
Summer Evening Sunset Walk’s Program
The Association’s popular summer evening walk’s program is now open for registration for the 2016 season. All of these walks are held on Tuesday evenings and last approximately two to three hours – rain or shine. Click the link below for specific topics and registration information.
ALBG 2016 Seminars Open For Registration! The September ALBG Seminar will examine Cemetery Hill, the critical high ground of the battle. Additional details can be found by clicking the link below.
We welcome our newest colleague, Mr. Chris Army, who successfully completed his qualification examination September 1, 2015. In this, our centennial year, Chris has become the 578th individual to earn a Federal Guide License since the testing process was implemented October 17, 1915. ALBG wishes good luck to the remaining candidates from the 2015 Tier I exam as they enter the final phases of their licensing process this spring and summer.
The last several weeks have been extremely sad for the LBG’s with the loss of long-time colleagues John Volbrecht and Rob Wingert. John fought a long and valiant battle against a barrage of cancers likely related to his military service during the Vietnam war. He last guided on Saturday April 9, taking several of his military buddies around the field. A few days later he lost his battle and will be deeply missed. Rob Wingert’s unexpected passing on April 21 was an even greater shock. He had recently retired and was looking forward to expanding his guiding career. Both gentlemen will be greatly missed by their guide family. Full obituaries will be placed in the Memoriam section over the next several days.