Memoriam

Elwood W. Christ – LBG #20

 

Elwood W. Christ, of 212 South Franklin Street, Gettysburg, died at home on Jan. 6. He was 60 years old. Known affectionately to his friends and colleagues as Woody, Mr. Christ was a well-known local historian and Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.  He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on August  26, 1953 the son of Warren and Sarah (Strauss) Christ who predeceased him.

Woody was a 1971 graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School in New Jersey and a 1975 graduate of Gettysburg College. He later obtained an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State University – Harrisburg. For many years Woody served as Assistant Director of the Adams County Historical Society, where he helped countless visitors and was a regular contributor to the Society’s annual Journal. He also served on the Board of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association for more than a decade.

His contributions to Gettysburg’s history and historic preservation were enormous, and included 20 years’ service on the borough’s Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), chief researcher and writer for Gettysburg’s Historic Building Survey, member of the project team that developed Gettysburg’s Historic District Design Guide, chief researcher for the David Wills House Historic Structures Report, and much more. He was a well-known lecturer and author on the Battle of Gettysburg, and the author of the book “Across a Wide Hot Crimson Plain: The Bliss Farm Fight at Gettysburg.” In recent years he was an active member of the Department of the Susquehanna Wargaming Club.

Woody took the Licensed Battlefield Guide qualifying exam in September of 1981 and successfully passed both the written and orals to be licensed and issued Guide Badge #38.  He began his guide career in the spring of 1982. Except for a brief leave of absence 2003-2005 while working on a preservation project, Woody guided for nearly thirty years. He was a long-time contributing member of the guide’s association serving as its Secretary for three years early in his guide career and most recently as the editor / writer of the organization’s
newsletter The Battlefield Dispatch.

Woody is survived by a brother, Harvey B. Christ, of Shippensburg, – and many devoted friends. A memorial service will be held at Monahan’s Funeral Home, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, with a gathering of friends encouraged from 1-2 p.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. Donations in Woody’s memory can be made to the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, P.O. Box 4152, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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