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…”

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April 20, 2018 Visiting Scholars Banquet!


Dr. Carol Reardon will be our guest at the 2018 Visiting Scholars Banquet.  Her topic will be “Let whoever desires to enjoy a treat…try a trip to Gettysburg.”  The banquet will take place at the Abigail Adams Ballroom of the historic Dobbin House Tavern.  Banquet price this year will be $10 per person.

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2018 ALBG Spring Seminar Announced!

The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides is pleased to announce their 2018 Spring Seminar which will focus on Artillery:  “Duels, Fire-fights, and Outright Bedlam: Artillery Actions of July 2, 1863.”  This will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 and Saturday, April 14, 2018 – rain or shine.  Please go to our seminar page for complete details and registrations information!




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