Caretakers for a Century

CaretakersGettysburg is a town forever etched in history–“the most famous small town in America”–and our hallowed battlefields draw millions of visitors ever year. The absolute best way to experience the battlefields, according to many in the tourism industry, is with a Licensed Battlefield Guide. This year, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of this very elite group of men and women who literally keep history alive, recounting the many interwoven stories that collectively tell the story of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Cel Gburg mag May-June 2015It was my great honor to meet and interview several Licensed Battlefield Guides to find out more about their special calling, becoming “Caretakers for a Century.” This article is published in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, May/June 2015.

To explore more angles to this story…

  • About 560 people have become licensed battlefield guides since 1915. Joining their elite ranks requires dedication in many ways. The first step is… Click here for How to Become a Licensed Battlefield Guide, published on the Celebrate Gettysburg blog.
Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler-67

Licensed Battlefield Guide Tom Vossler leads a tour group. (Photo credit: Casey Martin)

SchroyerDiary inside July 1863

Looking inside Michael Schroyer’s diary (Photo courtesy Sue Boardman)

Behind the Cover: It was my honor to celebrate the current issue's release with Joe Mieczkowski, President of the Gettysburg Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, who was an instrumental source for this cover story!

Behind the Cover: It was my honor to celebrate the current issue’s release with Joe Mieczkowski, President of the Gettysburg Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, who was an instrumental source for this cover story!

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