Hear, Here gives a voice to familiar spaces—spaces that we move through every day. The humblest building, nondescript corner, or unremarkable stand of trees can be transformed by the stories we tell about them. Once heard, these stories can change the way we think about spaces and the community at large. We know about the history of the famous people from our town—the founder, Nathan Myrick, and the lumber barons like the Hixons—but we do not know the stories of the everyday people that make up what our community is today. Hear, Here will allow us to access this social history and to think about where our community has been and where it is going.
In downtown La Crosse, orange street-level signs with the Hear, Here logo will show you where stories are located. With your mobile phone, dial a toll-free number on the signs to access first-person accounts of things that happened in the exact location where you stand.
Why Hear, Here? Every person and every place has their stories. And a community is made up of multiple stories. With this project, we bring to the fore voices that are often overlooked when the history of downtown is told—intimate, neighborhood-level voices that tell the everyday stories that make up our city.