Women’s Studies and anthropology alumna Marissa McGrath (2006) will return to NIU to present “Demystified: Uncovering the Women Who Shaped Our Communities,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
During her presentation, McGrath will discuss her small business, Good Time Girls, which provides historical walking tours of Bellingham, Wash. This pioneer town boasted legally regulated prostitution for 90 years, inspiring Good Time Girls to create a tour to explore their community’s relationship with sex work.
To everyone’s surprise, it was a hit.
When Good Time Girls was founded in 2011, there were only two employees – McGrath and Sara Holodnick – and they offered only one themed tour during the summer. Now, Good Time Girls is a bonafide tourism company offering a range of subversive tours and intelligent nightlife to locals and visitors.
Good Time Girls tell a multitude of stories detailing the plight of the disenfranchised and have found that the most interesting narratives are often the most difficult to uncover.
During her talk, McGrath will discuss how to research similar stories in your own community and how to mold these tales into a narrative to be used in the creative medium of your choice. She also will discuss the challenges of re-writing history and engaging audiences with varied perspectives.
For more information, contact Rebekah Kohli at (815) 753-1038 or [email protected].