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“Hear, Here” history project might soon include North La Crosse stories



A local history project in La Crosse could be expanded beyond downtown. 

City leaders are being asked to spend about $40,000 on the “Hear, Here” project, which allows people to make phone calls to listen to recorded stories about La Crosse landmarks and events. 

A Hear, Here sign is posted outside the La Crosse County courthouse on Vine Street.

Hear, Here was started nearly a decade ago by UWL history professor Ariel Beaujot, who wants to add more recordings specifically about the north side of La Crosse.  Beaujot tells the board of public works that the recordings have become a tourist draw for La Crosse, and says the idea has spread to communities in Canada and Luxembourg.

The new recordings could be ready by the spring of 2024, if the funding is approved.

Signs on lampposts around downtown La Crosse display phone numbers to call for recordings about landmarks located nearby.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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