should title this "A VERY Short History" of the HGA. Because no-one seems to really know how this little club
started or exactly when. In doing the research, your Webmaster talked with several long-time guides... a couple who
are now Supervisors. One said it was in place before she started. Another guide, who asked not to be quoted, had
an interesting memory. She thought she remembered being told that it was an initial labor organization effort prior
to the Union being formed, but she was quick to add that she could not verify that and didn't remember that long ago
Even the name contains a certain amount of confusion. Today, we call it the HGA for Historical Guides Association.
Technically, the name is HGAC for Historical Guides Association of California. Apparently, that was too long and difficult for
some people and the "of California" gradually was dropped from common usage. Although, it is still legally
correct and you do need to make out your check to HGAC when you join.
But all seem to agree that the HGA has started and
stopped and re-started several times over the history of guides giving tours on this Hilltop. In fact, your Webmaster
remembers the HGA when he first joined the guide staff as a member of the Class of 2002. By the time he needed to resign
in 2006, that version of the HGA had died out. Yet, when he returned to the Hill as part of the Class of 2009, it had
been re-started and running strongly for almost two years. So the organization seems to come and go in direct proportion
to the interest level of the group of guides that occupy the Hill at any given time.
And that's an important thing to keep in mind.
This organization is driven by the passion of the people involved. And if we feel passion for this Hilltop and the many
stories it holds, that feeling will spill over into other areas of activity. Your current 2014-2016 HGA Board is made
up of people who are passionate about the stories here. We hope you will feel that passion and participate in some of
the extra activities and learning experiences that being a contributing member of the HGA can offer. This time... let's
work together to keep the HGA going!