‘Hear, Here’ project in downtown La Crosse looks to expand

A project designed to teach people more about the history of downtown La Crosse is looking to expand with the help of the community.

The ‘Hear, Here’ project started a little more than two years ago through UWL’s history department.

Organizers wanted to collect as many first-person accounts as they could about some of the city’s historic locations and make them accessible to anyone by having those stories recorded and available over a phone line.

Right now there are more than 50 ‘Hear, Here’ stories available around town, but organizers are looking to add between 10 and 15 more.

They’re starting by holding a weekly night class open to the entire community to generate ideas.

“It’s really important to me for community members to be involved because while UWL students are great, they’re only here for so long. So it’s really great if community members that have been here and will stay here are involved with the project,” said UWL Assoc. Professor Ariel Beaujot.

The class will be held Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 8:15 at night at Downtown Mainstreet.

You can find more information on the class on U-W La Crosse’s website.