GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides

Tom bunco973 at
Tue Jan 24 15:09:22 CST 2012

   And a heartfelt apology Stephen - I missed including your "Virtual 
Gettysburg" to my "must" list as posted. I've used it numerous times - and 
folks have used it as a prerequisite before even starting their trip. And 
will be using "Virtual Antietam" in the future - besides using a human 
database (Antietam LBG).

Tom B. (red in the face)

-----Original Message----- 
From: recker at
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

At Antietam it is just like Gettysburg in that you have to pass a written 
test and then give a sample tour to a team of proctors, one from the NPS, 
one from the guides. Between the test and the tour you are set up with a 
mentor who helps you through a few other requirements. This part of it is 
somewhat different than Gettysburg. The guide service is part of Western 
Maryland Interpretive Association, the park's non-profit. They have an 
arrangement with the NPS, though because Antietam is not a National Military 
park like Gettysburg, their arrangement is probably slightly different. 
There is no internship, but you must sign up to be a volunteer to become a 

Stephen Recker

-----Original Message-----
>From: Jack Lawrence <jlawrence at>
>Sent: Jan 24, 2012 2:24 PM
>To: GDG <gettysburg at>
>Subject: Re: GDG- Battlefield Tour Guides
>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>As I understand the Antietam guide thing, they take a test and passit. If
>they pass it, they are interviewed by the NPS and spend time as interns
>before being fully accredited. I understand the system at Gettysburg
>consists of a written test and, even if you pass the test, you have to be
>interviewed by the guides, who can turn you down if they just d not like
>your style.

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