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Current  and back  issues of the "Battlefield Dispatch" are posted in the Member's Only area of the website. Apply for your member ID to access that area.

Mr. David  Joswick is the Editor.
June 26 2015 Photograph

100th Anniversary Photograph (click for ID's)

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 several so-called tour companies purporting to have onboard guides - in reality simply untrained, untested drivers.  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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 Centennial Banquet!

Don't miss this once in a lifetime event - the centennial banquet of the Licensed Battlefield Guides at Gettysburg.  This will be held on the 100th Anniversary of the day  that Gettysburg National  Park Commission offically began to enforce the regulation that none but duly tested and licensed individuals could conduct tours of the park., Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Ticket sales will begin  August 17.  Since there are a limited number of spaces available, registration will end when all have been sold. or September 30, whichever comes first.  Link below will become active when registration begins;

 ALBG Spring Seminar
Fall Seminar:

The Battle Between The Barns


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The LBG Academy!

Starting August 8 and then every Saturday through the fall, the ALBG will be sponsoring a series of classes known collectively as the LBG Academy. Sessions will be held on the American Civil War Period, a detailed study of the Battle of Gettysburg and the development of the National Military Park over the last century and a half.  Led by expert LBG's each session can be scheduled as a standalone program.  Click the link for details.

Summer Walks

Our Centennial Year Summer walks program is now open for registration. They have been very popular to date. Only a few weeks remain in this program.  Check out the remaining sessions by clicking on the registration ink.

In Memoriam 

We regret  the news of the sudden death of LBG Stan O'Donnell , LBG#238.  Stan was licensed in  the spring of 2009 and guided regularly up until the time of his death.  He will be missed by his many guide colleagues and friends.
Guide Spotlight

One hundred years ago this week the Borough of Gettysburg enacted an ordinance requiring guides to obtain a solicitation permit to go after tours in the town.  This $1 annual permit would only be sold to those authorized by the National Park commission and established rules by which those so permitted could act.

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