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…”
Sad news! The death of the consummate “bus guide” – Mr. Jim Martin, LBG #140, spread around the guide force this afternoon. Services will be held Thursday evening, February 4, 2016.
Visiting Scholars Program: April 22, 2016
Mr. Ted Alexander
ALBG 2016 Seminars Open For Registration!
The 2016 Spring and Fall seminars are now open and ready for registration. In April, we will examine the Union Sharpshooters at Gettysburg. In September we will look at Cemetery Hill, the critical high ground of the battle. Both seminars are described in detail via the links below. New this year will be a special discount offered to anyone who registers for both seminars – a savings of $50 on both!
Fresh on the heels of word of the loss of LBG George Symons (Badge #104) on January 3, 2016 comes the sad news of the loss of long-time guide Charlie Hathaway (Badge #41) on January 14, 2016. Charlie was in declining health for a number of years but could not bring himself to leave his beloved Gettysburg home far from his family. He was a well-known artillery expert and gave many field programs focusing on the artillery’s role in the battle. His personalized license plate “RIBAT-A” and “RIBAT-B” were common features around town. As with all of our departed brothers and sisters – Charlie and George will be missed. Full details on all recent deaths can be found at the link below
Welcome Newest LBG!
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.