Nora Saum

Nora Saum – LBG #5

Nora Saum, 90, of Gettysburg, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at SpiriTrust Lutheran Home in Gettysburg. She was born December 8, 1924 in Stratton, Miss., she was the daughter of the late William and Minnie (Buntyn) Russell. She was the wife of the late Russell Saum, who died in 1995.  Mrs. Saum was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Biglerville. She was a Veteran of the United States Army WAC’s serving as a Medical Services Technician during World War II. While stationed at Fort Atterbury, Indiana she met her future husband, an Army Ranger.  For a short time she worked at CH Mussleman’s in Biglerville and then at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot, but for many years she was a supervisor of the Gettysburg Battlefield Guide Program for the National Park Service. While Guide Supervisor Nora designed and implemented the dreaded oral examination all LBG’s had to endure in order to earn their license.  On July 19, 1980 she retired after eighteen years service with the NPS and Superintendent John Earnst presented her with Badge #5 in honor of her years of service.  Nora took her first guided tour that August and continued averaging 250 plus tours a year until she retired for good in 1989. She was formerly member of the Eastern Star.  Nora is survived by two sons, Donald Saum (Karen) of York Springs, and Joseph Saum (Anna) of Aspers; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Mac Russell of Union, Miss.; and sister, Ann Dykes of La. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son, John Saum.  Services for Nora Frances Saum will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. Burial with full military honors being presented by the Adams County Allied Veterans will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Gettysburg. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 North Progress Ave., Suite 204, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or to the American Cancer Society, 924 N. Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403.


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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