HearHere does many things, but our goal is very simple. To draw you in and offer up the history of the region unknown or forgotten.
I have a habit of investing in ideas that catch me. The idea has to make sense, but the team behind it is just as important. I learned about HearHere and met Woody Sears through an introduction by my wife who pitched me on the concept. When we took a deeper look at the idea, it was really playing into just what I do.
I love stories. I am the guy that stops at the historical markers along the highway - usually bringing moans from everyone in the car. But it was this continuing curiosity that I began to think HearHere could satisfy without anyone having to leave the car. Why couldn’t we replicate every marker along the highway - even expanding from the usual paragraph in bronze that always left me wanting more.
I am in love with history. I am in love with Country. I am in love with all the edges, all the disappointments, all the progress - all worth knowing. The truth will always be more interesting than the lie - and HearHere gives us the opportunity to reveal it.
The most important thing to me, and why I chose to be a part of this idea, is that we agreed as a group that no matter the region, we would always start with the history of the first people and the stories of first contact. It’s not only our responsibility, it’s our obligation to understand and to pass on faithfully the stories of the people who flourished here for thousands of years.
Legacy is important to me - and the idea that HearHere could preserve our collective experiences in an unflinching way was - for me - the greatest opportunity of all.
We’re launching HearHere with stories for California, Oregon, and Washington. Soon, we’ll canvas the US with more than 10,000 stories for you to enjoy.
We hope you’ll consider spending time with our stories during your next journey.
Download the HearHere App for iPhone.