Are you ready for some Packers history?

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about the green and gold, the work of some UW-Green Bay students may surprise you.

This semester, the History, Democracy and Justice Studies and Humanities at UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame collaborated on an exciting project to document the history of the Packers as the franchise celebrates 100 years. Students will share their findings during a special open-to-the-public presentation next week.

Student projects cover a wide terrain of Packers history. One created by Grant Fischer, Kilian Carlson, Jamie Stankevitz, Rich Rehberg and Fisher Stathes, for example, explains how the Packers revolutionized professional football by deepening the use of the forward pass. Another, developed by Madeline Cichoki, Gwen Drumheller, Joseph Karrmann, Rachel Scray and Emily Bork draw on the Lyle Lahey cartoon collection to show how the Packers were integral in how Green Bay citizens understood national politics.

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame curator and historian Brent Hensel co-taught Prof. Heidi Sherman’s Introduction to Digital and Public Humanities and Prof. Jon Shelton’s Craft of History courses. Under the direction of Hensel, Sherman and Shelton, and using primary sources from local archives (including UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Archives and Area Research Center), students from each class combined forces to develop a series of unique digital projects. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. students will present their original scholarship in the 6th Floor North Club at Lambeau Field. Members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend. Guests should enter at the Bellin Health Gate and events staff will direct you to where the presentations are being held.

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