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 ALBG Honors seven octogenarian guide members.
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The current  issue of the "Battlefield Dispatch" has been posted in the Member's Only area of the site.  Apply for your login now if you have not already done so!

Mr. David  Joswick is the Editor. 

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 is a bus company purporting to have onboard guides - in reality simply untrained 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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 Guide Exam
Please note that the National Park is NOT taking names for future guide exams at this time. Please do not call the park with inquiries before summer, 2015 at the earliest. An announcement on future exam dates will not be made before that time.


Program is now set and open for registration.  

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We regret to announce the passing of LBG #65 Mr. Bob Frank who passed away after a valient battle with cancer.  Bob was a veteran of a quarter century of guiding. His smile and knowledge will be sorely missed in the guideroom.

New LBGs!

We continue to welcome the flood of new LBG's.  Britt Isenberg, Rob Abbott and Bill Trelease have all completed their licensing requirements. Badge numbers are now being reissued so we will have to wait to learn theirs.  Welcome gentlemen. _____________________

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