A lawsuit in Philadelphia Pennsylvania will likely do no harm to the tourism business in Gettysburg where tourism is the No. 1 revenue generator for the borough. The suit challenges a law passed by the city of Philadelpha, but some tour guides are saying the law is illegal. The reason experts are saying the law won’t have any effect on Gettysburg is because Gettysburg battlefield tours are operated by federal tour guides and they are approved by the federal government. The Philadelphia law is attempting to create a licensure process for tour guides within the city proper.
It seems that this particular law is aimed at discouraging and preventing tour guides from making erroneous statements of a certain nature regarding the facts of history. For instance, some tour guides have been telling people that Benjamin Franklin had a large number of illegitimate children and Betsy Ross had three husbands that she killed. I thank Gettysburg’s lucky stars we don’t have that kind of thing going on around here. The worst you’ll hear from our tour guides is that ghosts may be lurking about – and I don’t mean Caspar the friendly ghost kind either. Who knows? Maybe that’s true.