Vicksburg National Military Park Holds Training for Licensed Guides – The Vicksburg Post

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Vicksburg National Military Park recruits candidates to become licensed battlefield guides.

The National Park Service, the Vicksburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Association, and the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign are partnering to provide training for individuals wishing to become certified as Licensed Battlefield Guides.

Licensed battlefield guides are not federal or park employees, but are authorized by the park under special congressional legislation to offer guided tours in the park. The fees collected by the guides for these tours are set by the park and vary depending on the size of the tour group and the length of the tour.

To become licensed battlefield guides, candidates must pass an extensive written examination on the Civil War and, in particular, the campaigns and siege of Vicksburg.

Those who pass the written exam must also pass an oral exam where they bring a ranger/guide on an actual tour of the park, to qualify for their license.

Additional training and mentoring on how to develop and conduct tours will be provided to help potential guides prepare for the oral exam at the end of the written exam.

A series of seminars will be held over the next few months beginning March 1 to help prepare candidates for the exams. The Tuesday seminars will be open to the public and free of charge and two Saturday programs/tours will be reserved for potential candidates.

Prospective candidates are not required to attend the seminars, but they are intended to help potential candidates study for the exams. Additional study materials, including a training manual and reading list, will be provided. Examinations will be scheduled with the candidates.

Seminars will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Tuesday in March and the first and second Tuesdays in April and the second and third Saturdays in April from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at 2414 Grove St.

For more information, contact: Brendan Wilson at the park at 601-642-688 or [email protected], or Rick Martin, Vicksburg Battlefield Guide Association at [email protected]

For more information on the Licensed Battlefield Guide program, visit https://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm

About John Surratt

John Surratt graduated from Louisiana State University with a General Studies degree. He worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been on staff at the Vicksburg Post since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul’s Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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