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Capital Guide Online February 2019

Tuesday, January 29, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue... February, 2019

  • A Message from the President
  • Ford’s Theatre Update on February 4
  • Japanese American Memorial Tour on February 7
  • Commentary and Story Telling on February 8
  • Spring Motor Coach Workshop on February 11
  • Deadline for Cathedral Online Testing on February 11
  • Guild Business Meeting on February 12
  • CMG Review of Georgetown Historic Collection on February 13
  • Deadline for Cathedral On-site Testing on February 15
  • Mount Vernon Cellar Tour on February 19
  • International Tourist Day Events on February 21
  • Phillips Collection Tour on February 23
  • Book Group on February 25
  • CMG Event - Atlas Obscura on March 7
  • Guild Business Meeting on March 12
  • Welcome New Members
  • 2019 Contact List

President's Message

Once again our volunteer members organized a fabulous Annual Meeting and Education Seminar along with our annual Used Book Sale. We all owe a great deal of thanks to Maria Limarzi, 2nd VP, who secured the Reagan Building along with all the food. Thanks also to Chris Bauer and Pat Abler, Education Committee co-chairs, who came up with the theme and speakers for our Education Seminar. Jamie Johnson, Membership Committee co-chair, spearheaded the Used Book Sale. But in reality there were over 50 volunteers who pitched in, offering their time and talent to ensure everyone had a day to remember as we looked back on 2018 and forward to 2019. Thanks to all who made the day possible!

What a wonderful year 2018 turned out to be for the Guild. We ended the year with 527 members, and during that time offered 73 different education and training events and business meetings, logging over 2,800 online registrations! The Guild continues to be the largest tour guide organization in the U.S., offering dynamic programs and services to its members.

We have a few challenges ahead for 2019, and the board is tackling them. As I mentioned before, we are working on a strategic plan. The board spent a full day meeting to discuss mission and vision statements and to conduct a “SWOC” analysis – identifying our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Challenges. From that analysis, our next step is to identify goals and action items to address the SWOC. Over the next two months, the board will meet again to complete the strategic plan and introduce it to our members.

This current board has passed the halfway point in its 2018-2019 term. We are excited to continue to provide quality education, training, and support as you pursue your career as a tour guide.

Jackie Frend,President

Note from Administration and Ethics
It has recently come to my attention that solicitations for guiding opportunities made via Guildguides in “HireGuides4DC” is occasionally being shared with non-members of the Guild. Please note that the Guild’s Code of Ethics and Business Practices statement, which all members are required to sign, specifically forbids this activity.If there is any question about our Code of Ethics, please let me know.Bill Adams, Chair, Administration and Ethics

Ford’s Theatre Update on February 4

Event: Ford’s Theatre Update
Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 5 pm - 7 pm
Place: Ford’s Theatre, 511 10 Street, NW

Come to Ford’s Theatrefor the latesttips and tricks to navigate and interpret the historic site with your group. Find out how to work within thedaily schedule, andlearn about the “Voices of Petersen House” virtual reality experience.There will be short presentations by National Park Rangers and Theatre staff from group sales, education, and visitor services. Presenters will answer questions and share stories that are sure to engage your groups.

After the talks, guides will enjoy after-hours access to the basement museum, the historic theatre,the gift shop and the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership. To cap off the evening there will be light refreshments and conversation in the lobby. This event is free to Guild members and will not be impacted by the federal shutdown if it is still ongoing. Note that only those who have registered online in advance will be admitted.
For further information contact Christina Bauer.


Japanese American Memorial Tour on February 7

Education Event: Japanese American Memorial Tour
Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 10 am
Place: Louisiana Avenue NW and D Street NW
The internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II in camps throughout the U.S. was a dark chapter in American history. The memorial to the people who were placed in the camps is a sober reminder of how freedom can be taken away from citizens during wartime or a time of perceived national danger.
Join us for a tour of the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II with the Executive Director of the Memorial Foundation, Beth Kelley. She will discuss how best to present and interpret this unique memorial for tour groups, commenting on the design and symbolism of the memorial, the historical context, and how the memorial came to be constructed. For further information contact Christina Bauer.


Commentary and Story Telling on February 8

Event: Commentary and Story Telling – Guides need both!
Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Place: Lafayette Square

This free event is planned by your training committee to help you gear up your commentary skills AND story telling. Lafayette Square is a must for tourists, but can you talk about more than the White House?We will be looking at the facts you need to roll out, as well as the extras you can add to amaze your student, adult and focused groups. We will model some approaches and also ask you to practice talking about different features of the park. Resources for nuggets of history will be suggested.Register online for this free event. For further information contact either of the training committee co-chairs, Christen M.Eliasonand Sandra K Moore.


Motor Coach Workshop on February 11

Event: Spring Motor Coach Workshop
Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Union Station Food Court near Johnny Rockets

Join us for the Spring Motor Coach Workshop! This event is open to all guide levels and is the Guild’s semi-annual workshop to raise your logistical skills while practicing commentary, all in the comfort of a motor coach — the ultimate 8th grade classroom of Washington, DC. The Guild Training Committee has worked out a new order of logistics for you to conquer – some of the usual Washington landmarks, and a fresh look at Anacostia. A box lunch will be provided to maximize time together. The registration fee is $25 and that includes materials and lunch.

Note: This workshop is a requirement to move from Guild Guide to Guild Certified Guide, and it is also useful as a refresher for experienced guides.
Training Committee co-chairs.Christen M.EliasonandSandra K Moore


Washington National Cathedral Certification Testing

Deadline #1: Cathedral Certification Online Quiz
Date: by Monday, February 11

Deadline #2: Cathedral Certification On-site Testing
Date:by Friday, February 15

Guild members who attended one of the Washington National Cathedral training sessions have a final step to complete certification for 2019. Most who have been previously certified have until February 11 to take and pass the online quiz. Newer members must sign up for in-person tour testing with Jenn Squire and complete it successfully by February 15.

The online quiz is available at the following link, The test can be taken a second time with different questions, but failure to earn a passing score by the deadline will result in denial of certification in 2019.

Those who were informed that they need to do the oral Cathedral tour testing can use the following link. Please be aware that the testing should be scheduled as soon as possible in order to assure it being completed successfully before the deadline.Go to:
For further information go to the Guild calendar or contact Mary Beth Lane.


Business Meeting at Library of Congress on February 12

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place: Library of Congress, Room LJ 119
DeAngelo Baynes and David Lipscomb from the DC Department of Transportation will present a transportation update regarding spring touring. In addition, and in
anticipation of the 2019 DC Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be a presentation by Ann McClellan, author of two cherry blossom books: “The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration,” and “Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.” Register online. For further information contact Maria Limarzi.


CMG Review of Georgetown Historic Collection on February 13

CMG Event - Review of Georgetown Historic Collection
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
Place: Georgetown Branch Public Library Peabody Room
3260 R Street, NW
The library is located in the Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown at Wisconsin Avenue NW. The Peabody Room houses historical and current materials related to the history, culture and economy of Georgetown. Found here are house histories (for most individual Georgetown addresses), subject vertical files, photographs, maps, neighborhood microfilmed newspapers, paintings, engravings and artifacts that document various aspects of Georgetown life. The room is named after 19th-century financier and philanthropist George Peabody (1795-1869). Jerry McCoy of the Georgetown Public Library will display exhibits, answer questions, and lead discussion.
Sign up online. For further information contact Jim Carr.

Mount Vernon Cellar Tour on February 19

Event: Mount Vernon Cellar Tour
Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 9:45 am
Place: Mount Vernon, VA
Limit: 15
Tour the cellar of George Washington's Mount Vernon to see some of the newest archeological finds and find out about future preservation/ restoration work being planned. You will also see some locations used in filming National Treasure. This is a follow-up to material presented at the annual Mount Vernon update.
Meet in the visitors’ center by the statue of the Washington family. We will walk up to the mansion for the 10 am tour.Space is limited and registration deadline is February 11. A second tour, at 12:45 pm, will be added when the 9:45 tour fills. For further information contact Pat Abler,


International Tourist Guide Day Events on February 21

1st Event: WFTGA Convention Post-Briefing
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Place: WIMSA – Women in Military Service for America
Arlington National Cemetery
Join fellow Guild travelers to the 2019 World Federation Tourist Guide Association Convention as they present a post trip briefing. Ten Guild members attended the international convention in Tbilisi, Georgia and took excursions in the region, including to Istanbul, Turkey. Corky Rainey, 1st VP, served as the Guild’s official representative. Also attending from the Guild were Deborah Androus (past Guild President and WFTGA President Emeritus), Ellen Malasky (NFTGA President), Joe Steinbock (past Guild President), Maricar Donato (WFTGA Ambassador), Jim Carr (CMG Co-chair), Lou Ann Filadelfo, Louise Cullen, Carol Yannarella and Ella Schiralli.
Registration is free and members can sign up to bring a guest. For further information contact Corky Rainey.

After the briefing, Guild members can head to Rosslyn and join others assembled for the second free event of the day: a social gathering at sunset on the Observation Deck of the CEB Tower. See details below.

2nd Event: Sunset at the Observation Deck in Rosslyn
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 5 pm - 7 pm
Place: Observation Deck, CEB Tower
1201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Celebrate International Tourist Guide Day with fellow Guild members at a happy hour and social gathering at the recently opened Observation Deck that provides 360-degree panoramic views of Arlington, Washington, DC and the surrounding area. The Observation Deck is located in CEB Tower next to the Rosslyn Metro Station elevator. There will be a cash bar. Online registration is free, and members can sign up to bring a guest. The normal fee for the Observation Deck will be waived for this event. For further information contact Ellen Malasky.

Phillips Collection Tour on February 23

Event: Jacob Lawrence “Migration Series” tour,
Phillips Collection
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
Place:Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW

In recognition of February as African American History Month, join us at the Phillips Collection for a docent tour of the “Migration Series” of paintings by African American artist Jacob Lawrence. The paintings depict the mass movement of thousands of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between World War I and World War II, a development that had previously received little attention by historians. Register online. For further information contact Christina Bauer.

Book Group on February 25

Event: Book Group Discussion
Date: Monday,February 25
Time: 11 am
Place: DC Public Library, Tenley-Friendship Branch
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
The selection for this month is "Escape of the Pearl - The Historic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad," by Mary K. Ricks. This will be asignificant experience for our groupto read and discuss a bookaboutpeople who lived and worked in Washington, DC, and about events whichtook place here. The meeting is open to any Guild member who is prepared for the discussion. Register online. For further information contact: John Days.

National Geographic Museum Tour on March 6

Event:National Geographic Exhibit on Queens of Egypt
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 10 am
Place: National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW

Tour the new "Queens of Egypt" exhibit at the National Geographic Museum.This multi-sensory exhibit will take you back in time 3,500 years to ancient Egypt.For further information contact Pat Abler.


CMG Event - Atlas Obscura on March 7

CMG Event - Atlas Obscura
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: Arlington County Library
1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington. Ballston Metro stop

Certified Master Guides and CMG candidates may join us for a briefing and discussion on the history of Atlas Obscura, which was founded in 2009 as an online magazine and digital media company. It has since branched out, and Matt Blitz will discuss Atlas Obscura’s programs and conducted tours in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The website lists “193 cool, hidden, and unusual things to do in Washington, D.C.” Obscura is interested in hiring guides to conduct specialty tours. For further information on this event contact Jim Carr.

Guild Business Meeting on March 12

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Save the date!For program information and registration go to the Guild calendar.For specific information contact Maria Limarzi.

Welcome New Members

Thomas (Thom) Gallemore
Thom is joining the Guild after working in international development. At Village Capital he coordinated workshop logistics. As a program coordinator, he was responsible for the assimilation and well-being of Fellows arriving from Africa.

Allen McCabe
Allen just retired from the National Park Service, where he gave tours of the National Mall for 18 years. He is very involved in the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Fund, logging over 9,000 hours as a volunteer. He has trained volunteers and is used to speaking to crowds. He holds a degree in journalism from Kent State.

Andy McLeod
Andy taught electoral politics at the Kennedy School as a graduate teaching assistant, and has served on the boards of non-profits such as the Land Trust Alliance, and the Goodward Museum and Gardens. His roles have been in advocacy for land preservation, historic preservation, and public history.

Diana L. Tracey
Diana has lived in Virginia for more than three decades and for the last ten years has been working as an adoption social worker. She serves on the board of a non-profit camp for children seeking permanent homes. Her master's degree is from William and Mary in the field of children and social work.

… and rejoining…

Jeannie Bowman
Jeannie is rejoining the Guild after retiring from the Capitol Visitor Center. She was a Capitol guide for nearly a decade. She was trained by Guide Service of Washington in 2003 and is certified as an interpretive guide by the National Association of Interpretation. She will be a recognized, friendly face and we are happy to have her back!

Jamie Johnson, Membership co-chair

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)
Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)
W. Bart Smith (Treasurer)
Mary Thorne (Secretary)
Karen Miller (Affiliate Rep)
John Days (Guild Guide Rep)
Bill Adams (Admin & Ethics)
Shannon Mikush (CMG)
Jim Carr (CMG)
Russ Norfleet (Communications)

Kelvin Carter (Communications)
Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)
Maribeth Oakes (Gov't & Tourism)
Chris Bauer (Education)
Pat Abler (Education)
Jamie Johnson (Membership)
Barbara Longnecker (Membership)
Christen Eliason (Training)
Sandra Moore (Training)
Tammy Belden (Past Pres. and Guild Administrator)
Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)