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Heritage trail

The St. Norbert College stop on the Packers Heritage Trail stands between Victor McCormick Hall, where the players stay, and Michels Commons, where they eat.

 

July 2012

Packers Heritage Trail leads to St. Norbert

Die-hard Packers fans now can walk a mile or two in the proverbial shoes of favorite players past and present thanks to the new Packers Heritage Trail – an attraction that includes a stop on campus.

The trail leads fans to historic sites that influenced the early team. It begins at the Neville Public Museum and comprises 22 sites, 17 of which form the main walking tour in downtown Green Bay.

For fans wanting to delve deeper into the history of the team, the trail also offers two bike routes: the Packing Plant Spur and the Lambeau-Lombardi Spur. The latter tour ends at the college with a stop sponsored by K.C. and Georgia Stock and marked by a sign outside Victor McCormick Hall, near Michels Commons.

Sportswriter Cliff Christl, author of “A Championship Team: The Packers and St. Norbert College in the Lombardi Years,” spearheaded the project, creating the nonprofit Packers Heritage Trail Foundation with his wife, Shirley. For him, the Packers Heritage Trail is a logical summation of the extensive sports history of the area.

“After spending a lot of years just researching Packer history, particularly the early years, going through microfilm … I realized there were so many buildings in the Green Bay area and particularly downtown Green Bay with just a rich and colorful history associated with the Packers. So a couple years ago I wrote a story for the Packer yearbook about it and thought, ‘You know, it’d be really great to do something in downtown Green Bay … maybe as a tourist attraction.’ ”

Hear more from Cliff Christl in this interview we recorded with him on campus.

July 3, 2012



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