There is nothing I love more than being a tourist in my own city. You hear me talk about that in so many episodes. I wander City Hall every chance I get. I stop at every blue and yellow historical marker, I know the obvious history and tourist attractions, but even more I love the not so obvious moments in history, and the not so obvious history makers. One of my favorite ways to tour any city is taking a walking tour.
A new walking tour company recently launched in Philadelphia: Beyond the Bell. Beyond the bell was founded by Rebecca Fischer and Joey Leroux, friends who met at Haverford college who wanted to share other perspectives from Philadelphia’s history, perspectives that amplify voices you may not have heard before.
Beyond the bell tours offer an inclusive history of Philadelphia. Their mission is to create tours that influence public history and highlight marginalized communities including people of color, queer folks, first nation folks and women. A quote from their website says Beyond the Bell is built to promote cross cultural engagement and put the people back into the people’s history.
Recently I was lucky enough to chat with Rebecca Fisher. I was completely enthralled listening to her talk about how and why she and Joey created Beyond the Bell tours, and the stories they tell to provide different perspectives about the history in Philadelphia. In this episode I share my conversation with Rebecca, she gives us a glimpse into some of the incredible women featured in the Women’s History Tour, we talk about going to a Philly Quizzo night together and we’ll get a sneak peak into some of the other tours Joey and Rebecca have in the works, which really aren’t all that twisted, but sound totally awesome. Please join me in welcoming Rebecca to TwistedPhilly!
You can learn more about Beyond the Bell Tours on their website www.beyondthebelltours.com. Follow them on twitter at bell_beyond and on Facebook at Beyond the Bell Tours.
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