ABOUT US

Our History, Our Knowledge, Our Future

Hear, Here

Hear, Here began as a set of classes taught as part of the Public and Policy History Major/Minor and the Photography Minor at UWL in 2014-2015.  On 12 April, 2015 the project was presented to the community as part of a downtown event.

The project has evolved into a community venture.  Those who listen using their mobile phones stay on the line and record their own stories. If the stories fit objectives, they are re-recorded and added to the program.

Hear, Here shares everyday voices to increase awareness of what happens downtown. We seek out the stories of business people, of tourists, and of those that live downtown. We also hear voices of people who experienced downtown long ago by including stories from the Oral History Program at the UW-La Crosse Murphy Library Special Collections.
STORIES

STORIES

We began with 28 stories in April 2015, with the tell-tale Hear, Here signs hanging in the downtown area to mark their locations. This was the beginning of our continuous journey to spread hidden history.

Today we have 50 stories currently operating in downtown La Crosse, as we strive to collect more each day

Our goal is to have 60 stories by 2020, expanding both the diversity of our stories as well as our community impact. As we grow, so does access to the rich history which surrounds us every day.

Mission

Education, Growth, Change

Citizens of La Crosse hear about the big history of the city. We know about our founder, Nathan Myrick, and lumber barons like the Hixons. We hear about the 90.2% White population.

We do not hear about the 9.8% made up of Black, Hmong, Ho Chunk and other ethnic groups. Groups like the LGBTQ*, the foreign nationals, and the homeless have often been overlooked in our history.

How can these stories be documented and told in our community? How do the stories from historically-underrepresented peoples reflect on the community at large? How might the community change and evolve knowing that La Crosse, like all cities in our complicated and nuanced world, has its prejudices, struggles, and injustices?

Hear, Here sees itself as a vehicle for all stories in the community-both those that praise and challenge traditional views. It is an opportunity for people to have public conversations about how we might create a more ideal and just city.

We at Hear, Here hope that citizens of La Crosse will see the stories as an opportunity for education, growth, and change. 

View our full list of Objectives.

Our People

Passion, Education, Knowledge

Founder & Visionary

ARIEL BEAUJOT

Ariel Beaujot is a history professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. History was her inspiration. Hear, Here was her vision. With the support of undergraduate students and community members, Ariel was able to transform a dream of shared voices into a reality.

Founder & Visionary
ARIEL BEAUJOT

Ariel Beaujot is a history professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. History was her inspiration. Hear, Here was her vision. With the support of undergraduate students and community members, Ariel was able to transform a dream of shared voices into a reality.

LAURA GODDEN

Laura Godden has been instrumental in putting the project together. From naming it Hear, Here to helping students with research, to maintaining the collection in Murphy Library Archives.

SUE HESSEL
Sue Hessel along with Teri Holford-Talpe spent the summer of 2014 going through the Oral History Program stories about downtown and locating fascinating tales about strike breaking, the red light district, and underground storage spaces from the downtown’s long distant past.
CALLI NEIMI
Calli Neimi is the woman behind the phone lines of Hear, Here. She works with an Interactive Voice Response system to bring you stories past and present.
Hannah Siech
HANNAH SIECH
Hannah Siech is our masterful webmaster, putting up new stories, media, and links as they come in.

LAURA GODDEN

Laura Godden has been instrumental in putting the project together. From naming it Hear, Here to helping students with research, to maintaining the collection in Murphy Library Archives.

SUE HESSEL

Sue Hessel along with Teri Holford-Talpe spent the summer of 2014 going through the Oral History Program stories about downtown and locating fascinating tales about strike breaking, the red light district, and underground storage spaces from the downtown’s long distant past.

CALLI NEIMI

Calli Neimi is the woman behind the phone lines of Hear, Here. She works with an Interactive Voice Response system to bring you stories past and present.

HANNAH SIECH

Hannah Siech is our masterful webmaster, putting up new stories, media, and links as they come in.

External Reviews

Revision, Growth, Renewal

 

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