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Gloria Swift

Was born in Washington, D.C., to parents who were very interested in Civil War history – especially her father. On Sundays, he would pile the family into the car and off they would go to a battlefield. Gloria remembers telling her father, “Oh Daddy, this is boring,” but something must have rubbed off because she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in American History.

Specializing in military history and the Civil War, Gloria pursued an exciting career for over thirty years with the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger conducting tours and as a museum curator, working on two museum renovations. She has worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site in addition to others. She took the opportunity for an early retirement from the National Park Service in December 2014 when stationed at Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia.

Back home in Frederick, Maryland, Gloria is having fun in retirement but has not given up history. In addition to hiking local battlefields with her dog Fred, she currently works part-time for Blue and Gray Education Society (BGES) as the membership coordinator and travel associate on the history tours. She is also the creator and editor of the BGES membership quarterly newsletter, Along the Monocacy.


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