The History of the Licensed Battlefield Guides

In 1990, the A.L.B.G. celebrated its 75th anniversary as an organization dedicated to providing quality guide services on Civil War battlefields. As part of the celebratory activities that year President Frederick W. Hawthorne (Badge #56) produced a history of guiding in the Gettysburg area. That publication is contained on this web site for the benefit of those interested in learning the background of the oldest professional guide service in the United States.

In conjunction with this history a listing was developed of every individual who earned a guide license since the initial testing process began in September of 1915. That listing is current for all guides up to the present day and since is updated to contain individuals who have proven their guiding ability. The listing is maintained on the “Member’s Only” portion of the site.

Part 1: The Early Years
Part 2: The War Department Years
Part 3: Licensing of Guides
Part 4: Through the Twenties
Part 5: The Depression Years
Part 6: NPS’s Early Years
Part 7: The National Park Service Strikes Back
Part 8: The War Years
Part 9: 1946 to 1966
Part 10: 1966 to 1980
Part 11: The Gettysburg LBG Today

A Peculiar Institution: A History of the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides by Frederick W. Hawthorne, (Copyright) 1990. Frederick W. Hawthorne

DUE TO FAILURE TO PROTECT AUTHOR’S COPYRIGHT THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE THROUGH THE ALBG.  PLEASE CONTACT THE AUTHOR DIRECTLY IF INTERESTED IN OBTAINING A COPY.

An abbreviated version was produced by the author for use by the National Park Service in their training materials for prospective LBG’s.  That document can be viewed here: Brief LBG History