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Capital Guide Online November 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend


In this issue...                                                       November, 2019

A Message from the President 

Events and Tours:
WWI in Arlington Cemetery on Nov. 5
Guild Business Meeting at Holocaust Museum on Nov. 12
National Museum of Health and Medicine on Nov. 18
Washington National Cathedral Training #2 on Nov. 19
CMG Tour of Army Museum on Nov. 20
Fall Motorcoach Workshop on Nov. 21
Tour of the Mansion on O Street on Nov. 25
Book Group on Dec. 5
Tour of Loudon County on Dec. 6
Tour of Meridian Hill Park on Dec. 7

Registration Open for NFTGA Conference
Guild Membership Renewal
Accessing and Registering for Events Online
Renewing Your Tour Guide License
Announcement about Liability Insurance

Welcome New Members:
Emilia Cedron and Richard Ayad

Message from the President

October was a very busy month for the Guild. In addition to specialty events such as Book Group and CMG events, the Training Committee held a much appreciated preparation session for the Job Fair and had a second session of the innovative Story Circle. The most highly attended events included the business meeting at the new International Spy Museum, the sold-out ARTECHOUSE tour and social gathering, the Arlington National Cemetery Update, the Job Fair and Showcase, the Washington National Cathedral Training, and our Annual Fall Trip. We also had the first electronic voting for Guild President, and the release for public comment of the 2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan for the Guild. There was something for everyone in October and the online registrations proved that – our website recorded 646 registrations!

Once again, our Job Fair and Showcase was a huge success. Over 100 guides participated along with 25 Affiliate tour operators and 11 Friend members. I cannot thank enough all of our volunteers – it took 25 volunteers to pull it together. As I have said so many times before, the Guild would not exist without our volunteers who give of their time so generously.

Looking ahead, the main focus for the 2018 - 2019 Board as we finish our work will be to finalize the Strategic Plan so the 2020 - 2021 Board can begin implementing the plan. We are working on an online survey that will allow our members to comment on the final draft of the Strategic Plan. We hope to have the survey available in the next week, with a deadline for comments by November 30. We look forward to your participation in this project!

Jackie Frend
Guild President

World War I in Arlington Cemetery on November 5

Event: World War I in Arlington National Cemetery
Date: Tuesday, November 5
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Arlington
Meet outside the Cemetery’s pedestrian entrance gates

To commemorate Veterans Day, join us on a tour of gravesites and memorials related to World War I. Master Guide Candidate Brenda Turner will lead us to the graves of generals, doughboys, nurses, and other notables who served our country. Register online. One continuing education point will be awarded to attendees who register in advance. 

Business Meeting at Holocaust Museum on November 12

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Place: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Helena Rubinstein Auditorium
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

Networking and check-in begins at 9:30 and the meeting is from10 a.m. to noon. The Museum does not open to the public until 10 a.m., so early arriving Guild members may use the café (which opens at 8:30 a.m.) on the Raoul Wallenberg (a.k.a. 15th Street) side of the building. That side of the building opens at 9:30 a.m. to all Guild members. Speakers scheduled so far are USHMM staff to present the 2020 procedures for visiting the museum and Destination DC staff to present their latest statistics on DC tourism.

National Museum of Health and Medicine on November 18

Event:Tour ofNational Museum of Health and Medicine
Date:Monday, November 18
Time:10:30 a.m.
Place: National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring

Register online for a tour of the museum, which was established during the Civil War as a center for the collection of specimens and artifacts for research related to trauma and pathology. The museum’s mission is to preserve and explore the impact of military medicine spanning more than 150 years and including each major U.S. armed conflict. There is free parking adjacent to the museum. For directions and information about the museum, check out the website at

Washington National Cathedral Training on November 19

Event: Washington National Cathedral Training
Dates: #2 Tuesday, November 19
#3 Wednesday, January 15
Time:9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
You must attend one of these Cathedral training sessions in order to provide tours of the Cathedral in 2020. All new and currently certified guides must pass the online quiz, and any new guide or one who hasn’t tested and passed for 2018 or 2019 is required to give an oral presentation test of the tour. Guild members must renew Guild membership for 2020 before signing up for this training. 

CMG Tour of Army Museum on November 20

Event: CMG Tour of Army Museum
Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: 9800 Belvoir Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
This is for CMGs only. The National Museum of the U.S. Army officially opens June 4, 2020. On our preview tour we will obtain a comprehensive portrayal of American history told through the experiences of the American soldier, and the museum will honor U.S. soldiers past, present and future.

Motorcoach Workshop on November 21

Event: Fall Motorcoach Workshop
Date:Thursday, November 21
Time 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Union Station (lower level food court near Johnny Rockets)
50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Join us for this event which 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 the motorcoach, the ultimate classroom of Washington. We will have a new order of logistics for you to conquer and will go by the most visited Washington landmarks. This workshop is a requirement to move from Guild Guide to Guild Certified Guide, as well as acting as a refresher for everyone. The fee is $25 for materials and box lunch. 

Tour of the Mansion on O Street on November 25

Event: Tour of the Mansion on O Street
Date: Monday, November 25
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: To be announced (TBA)

Save the date! With over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors, the Mansion on O and the O Street Museum are unique properties. They were named “The Coolest Place in DC” by, “Top 5 Historic Venues to Explore” by Smithsonian Magazine, and “Top 7 Hotels in DC” by Forbes. For further information and to register check the Guild online calendar. T

December Events

Event:Book Group Discussion of "The Soul of America"
Date:Thursday, December 5
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: The historic home of Guild member Carol Wilken
1317 4th Street SW

Read John Meacham's "The Soul of America:The Battle for Our Better Angels" and then register to come to the lively discussion.

Event: Tour of Loudon County
Date: Friday, December 6
Time: TBD

Save the date!Information will be sent out by e-mail and will be posted on the Guild events calendar.

Event:Meridian Hill Park Walking Tour
Date:Saturday, December 7
Time:10 am
Place:16th St NW, at the intersection of W St NW

Meridian Hill Park is one of the National Park Service’s most unique parks. The 12-acre neoclassical park is reminiscent of an Italian villa garden. Prior to becoming a national park, the area was part of an estate called Meridian Hill, the home of Columbian College, a Civil War encampment, and the site of nature poet Joaquin Miller’s cabin.


Event: NFTGA Biennial Conference Registration
Dates: February 5 - 7, 2020
Place: Charleston, South Carolina
Registration for this National Federation of Tour Guide Association’s conference is now open and rates for Guild members run from $50 for one day’s lectures to $325 for full registration, if registered before the early bird deadline of December 31, 2019.

The Conference commences on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 3pm with a tour of the historic district by horse drawn carriage, as experienced certified guides will narrate the rich 350 years of history of this City by the Sea.Among the many programs will be "Ethically Interpreting History" at the Charleston Museum.How do we share parts of our history like slavery, racism, and genocide that can make us and our audiences uncomfortable? Shawn Halifax, Cultural History interpretation Coordinator for the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission will share an approach that can help with everyone's unease.

For more information and to make reservations, visit The headquarters hotel is Francis Marion Hotel.Frequent conference updates will be available via the NFTGA Facebook Group which is open to all members of NFGTA member associations.The president of NFTGA is our own Ellen Malasky.


Guild Membership Renewal

Just a reminder that renewal for 2020 for all Guild members began October 1. You should have received an email explaining how to renew. If you did not receive the email, please contact the Guild Administrator. (Active guides must renew their DC license in order to maintain Guild membership in 2020.Individuals who want to stay in the Guild without being active guides may apply to be sustaining members.)

Accessing and Registering for Events Online
Please remember to register for all events online at You can click on the Guild Calendar and select the event you want, or you can go to the Event List to see upcoming events in a nice format with a clearly visible “register” icon. Members having trouble accessing the website should use the link “Click here to reset your password.”

Renewing Your Tour Guide License
Renewal notices went out in late October to the email address of record in the DCRA database. If you did not receive a notice, go to


Announcement about Liability Insurance
The Guild's annual group liability insurance policy renews for the period of November 1, 2019, to November 1, 2020.Registration for participation in the group policy maintained by Twin City Fire Insurance Company/Hartford can now be accessed via the Guild website and the premium is $82.

See the Guild website for complete information regarding the liability insurance, what it covers, who it covers, and things to consider about obtaining it. To sign up for the policy, access and sign-in the Guild websiteunder the dropdown“For Members”option.There is also a link to an attachment that provides a general summary of the group policy coverage.

Welcome New Members

Emilia Cedron
Emily graduated from International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) in 2018. She currently lives in Baltimore and conducts student tours on the East Coast. Emily has citizenship in both the U.S. and Hungary and has done European river cruises. She is highly recommended by a tour company operator and by two instructors at ITMI.

Richard Ayad
Richard graduated from ITMI in 1996 and was a National Park Service Ranger on the National Mall for 14 years. He comes highly recommended by his supervisor at the National Park Service and two colleagues.