Annapolis Tours by Watermark® is proud to announce the graduation of the 2019 Class of its walking tour guide force. Four individuals celebrated the completion of Watermark’s ten-week winter training program with a proper tea at The Chase-Lloyd House. Donna Usewick, David Conrad, Montell Brogdon, and Rich Hansen attended numerous seminars led by historians such as Jean Russo, Glen Campbell, and the perennial favorite Greg Stiverson, whose three-part presentation of Maryland’s history entertains and informs Watermark’s tour guides regularly. All Watermark tour guides are also certified by the US Naval Academy.
“It is such a pleasure to celebrate the end of annual training and the beginning of the walking tour season with the traditional tea in the Chase-Lloyd House. The beautiful building is steeped in history, and a perfect place to embark on sharing the history, culture, and fun of our community each season. Several of our guides have been organizing the Annual Graduation Tea for decades, and we are grateful to The Chase-Lloyd House for hosting us,” said Debbie Gosselin, President of Watermark.
Annapolis Tours by Watermark® requires each veteran and new tour guide to attend an intensive 10-week guide training to prepare them for the walking tour season. The training includes 24 hours of enrichment programs at Rams Head plus USNA certification training, which is required for every guide annually. Additionally, tour guides experience site visits to enhance their knowledge. These site visits include the Hammond Harwood House, St. Johns College, the State House, the William Paca House, and more. All new tour guides complete a test at the end of tour guide training before graduation.
“The celebration of the special graduation tea event signifies the conclusion of an intensive guide training program. We are proud of the knowledge our guides share with the public, including many school children. Come out and learn about Annapolis history with our unique Colonials!” said Director of Guide Operations Cecilia Benalcazar.
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