A Taste of the Grim
Grim Philly on Travel Chanel with Anthony Bourdain
Voted Best City Tour each year since inception and the only tour out of over a hundred featured on Anthony Bourdain's "The Layover" on Travel Chanel- Grim Philly has amassed a cult following with educational but gritty adults only tours on serial killers; vampires, sex, aphrodisiacs, ghost hunting, grave robbing, gangsters, 1920's speakeasies, pirates, the Jersey Devil, and other darker subjects.
Developed by a university professor with dark and frequently sarcastic inclinations coupled with academic training this has created what Grim Philly has become: sensational, yet meticulously researched material delivered in irreverent style by college professors, published authors, and other professionals you can trust for accuracy and entertainment.
Though Grim guides have each their own style and areas of expertise- tours are raw, uncensored and unabridged- and not suitable for children, or those of prudish disposition.
Grim Philly has 9 tours in all- including walking, tavern, and boat tours.
Get to Know Professor Joe
Holding a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Joe Wojie; as per his role as a collegiate professional, is a regular lecturer on a number of historic, civic oriented; and sometimes macabre topics at such New Jersey institutions as Rider University and CCC; and is former History Content Area Chairperson at UOP Philadelphia Area Campuses where he has served as subject matter expert in course development; on Library Committee in an advisory capacity with regard to University holdings, and has assisted with regular faculty evaluation and mentorship. Professor Wojie has additionally facilitated teacher training workshops on behalf of the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility (a branch of Camden College) through courses he has developed designed to satisfy Core Curriculum standards 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5 in order to assist certified teachers to remain in compliance with professional development requirements in order to maintain their teaching certification credentials.
As past President and current Chairman of the Palmyra Historical Society's Board of Directors Professor Wojie continues to work in a voluntary capacity in the spirit of community betterment through activism, and is a routine speaker on their behalf.
In addition to volunteering his time for the past decade to furthering the
historical preservation efforts of the Franklin Institute's Curatorial
Department in Philadelphia; Professor Wojie is a National Endowment for the
Humanities grant recipient and Summer Scholar for 2010, and member of the
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
In appreciation for the potential in entertainment value of the dark & macabre; together with adherence to the strict rigor of fact checking and in depth research- each tour offered by Grim Philly Twilight Tours® is meticulously researched and developed personally by Professor Wojie to be factually sound; unique- and far differing in content from any other. In addition to the hundreds of development hours invested behind each tour- the intrinsic value of entertainment and adult fun is always put to the forefront of our final haunted and ghost tour product.
Below find CBS interview write-up and podcast link, as well as Channel 17 video interview and Travel Channel and other links in addition to numerous newspaper clippings on Professor Wojie's philanthropic and volunteer activities during Grim Philly's® maiden season scanned to pdf. Have patience please! pdf files may take up to 6 billion years to load!
"A Guide to Unique Tours in Philadelphia."
Grim Philly Tours- Philadelphia Inquirer article by Tracey Romero, 5/27/14.
"On the Hunt for Philly's Lonely Ghosts."
"Grim Philly: You Don't Have to be a History Buff to Love this Ghostly Tour!"
"A Seedier Side of Philly: Grim Philly’s Cemetery, Serial Killers, Blood & Beer Tour!"
"Philadelphia: City of Ghostly Love."