BGES Returns to Publishing World: Revolutionary War Guidebook Approved for 2022

When the BGES completed The Civil War, A Traveler’s Guide with the National Geographic Society in 2016, it marked the fourth successful full-length book project to go along with 19 scholarly monographs as part of the body of BGES’s published intellectual works. We immediately opened discussions with Nat Geo for a fifth book, on the … Read more

2021 Kettle Appeal Enters a New Dimension

And suddenly it is 2022. As BGES winds down its 28th year of operations (in April 2022), we have seen a stunning reversal of fortunes, with membership growing and members digging a little deeper to show their appreciation for all that BGES does for education and preservation and to ensure we have the resources to … Read more

Video Archives Takes Short Pause

A year-long, $35,000 effort is winding down for 2021 just a little short of the finish line, but nonetheless robust in its achievements. Working with Lincoln Archives founder and Documents on Wheels proprietor, Karen Needles, we have converted raw video never intended for this end to digital files and brought them to the BGES website. … Read more

Sunny Days Ahead! BGES 2022 Schedule Released

Even as 2021 winds down, we look optimistically at the 2022 Schedule of Field University Tours, which will start in early January. IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THEM, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT with your name, snail mail address (for confirmation) and a listing of the programs you would like to … Read more

Fundraisers Boost BGES Bottom Line

Three fundraisers supported by 100 individual donors raised over $36,000 to assist BGES in several critical areas and further strengthened our financial position as the 2021 fiscal year winds down. The calls for support were quickly and generously responded to, displaying the widespread and loyal devotion to the BGES from its members and friends. No … Read more

BGES Member Spearheading Effort to Honor Navy Commander Ernest Evans

“American hero” is a term thrown around all too casually these days, especially in this era of endless political cycles and over-zealous media personalities who believe they’re the purveyors of patriotism. But that’s not the case with the late Ernest Evans, a U.S. Navy commander during World War II. He was the real McCoy. BGES … Read more

Celebration of a Life Well Lived

The life celebration of long-time and much lamented BGES supporter David Dubose has been rescheduled for September 4, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida. The family is inviting all members of the BGES to join them for this celebration of David’s life and legacy. BGES Executive Director, Len Riedel will be attending, and the BGES is sponsoring … Read more

BGES Returns to the Field

It was eerie: Fist bumps and face masks, people brandishing their Covid vaccination records, a nervous chatter in the meeting room muted by masks and uncertainty that all was normal again. Two BGES board members who were physicians were in attendance; the BGES lawyer was there as well. I went to ensure that there would be … Read more

What are the Insurance Implications if You Get Covid on a BGES Tour?

As we head into spring with the hope that sooner rather than later, we’ll be back in the BGES bus exploring the battlefields, we must consider the legal and insurance guidance that is being applied to Covid. We were curious what our liability would be if we resumed programs using vans or buses or if … Read more