our city our stories
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 allows us to access this social history and to think about where our community has been and where it is going.
street level signs
In downtown La Crosse, orange street-level signs with the Hear, Here logo show you where stories are located. With your mobile phone, dial the toll-free number on the sign to access a first-person account of things that happened in the exact location where you stand.
Access these same stories by clicking the icons in the map above to experience our history from the comfort of your own home.
Hear, Here stories will be featured in thematic walking tours on the Footsteps of La Crosse website in early May. These tours were developed by students in HIS 300: Public History in Theory and Practice.