UWGB to offer Packers history course

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 3:44 PM CDT
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As the Green Bay Packers head into their 100th season, UW-Green Bay students have the chance to revisit the early years of the iconic franchise.

“The Packers are just kind of this fascinating, iconic story. The story is better than … you can't make it up,” says Brent Hensel, curator for the Green Bay Packers.

UW-Green Bay professors are hard at work with the Packers to create a history course studying the legendary team.

“When you study it, you're surrounded by the buildings and the families and the legends and the things that play a role in that history. You can physically be in those places,” says Heidi Sherman, Chair of UW-Green Bay’s history program.

Seventy students will dig into Packers history this fall, even getting the chance to use the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame as a makeshift classroom.

The course will focus on Packers origins and legends, studying from 1919 until the Lombardi era.

“Everybody knows the more recent history with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, but we want them to learn about like some of the early history,” Hensel tells Action 2 News, “and perhaps discover some hidden gems.”

The hope is to learn how the Packers set themselves apart from other NFL franchises, and how the team helped form Titletown itself.

“Green Bay as a city is not any different than how many other cities in Wisconsin, but everybody knows where Green Bay is because of the Packers,” Hensel says.

“To live in Green Bay, even if you don't like football or enjoy it, understanding the role that the Packers play in the community is important because the Packers, actually as an organization, are very community focused,” Sherman tells Action 2 News.

Hensel says it’s a coincidence the class is starting at the same time that the Packers kick off their 100th season.

The hope is to continue the Packers history course for the foreseeable future.