ALUMNA TEACHES YOUNG PACKERS FANS

Like any Packers fan, Kristen Eiseth Broderick ’76 was excited when Green Bay won Super Bowl XLV in February, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 
Broderick’s interest in the Packers extends well beyond the football season, however. As the Packers Hall of Fame education coordinator, the team and its history are on her mind year-round.
 
A UW-Stout education graduate, Broderick taught elementary school in the Coleman school district, 45 miles north of Green Bay, for 31 years. In 2009, she retired and started a new teaching career of sorts: educating children and others about the history of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.
 
“What an exciting experience to have,” Broderick said. “We’re very proud of the Hall of Fame.”
Broderick coordinates educational activities at the Hall of Fame, mostly through school groups. About 6,000 students a year tour the facility. Students receive work books, and the hall has an activity guide for teachers. Schools also can apply for grants to help fund a trip to the hall.
 
The Hall of Fame sponsors a student art contest. More than 350 students K-12 entered last year from around the state, Broderick said. In addition, Broderick started the Tundra Tales reading program for grades K-5.
 
Broderick grew up in Gillett, about 40 miles northwest of Green Bay. Her parents, Warren and Karen Eiseth, also were teachers and 1950 graduates of UW-Stout, where they met. Warren Eiseth, a native of Menomonie, retired as superintendent of Gillett schools. He was an industrial education graduate, and Karen was a home economics education major.
 
Broderick’s brother, Peter Eiseth, is a 1983 UW-Stout graduate.
 
The busiest time of the year for school groups at the Hall of Fame is in the spring, Broderick said, but the 25,000-square-foot facility stays busy year-round. She also is a Hall of Fame assistant, occasionally giving tours and helping with day-to-day operations.
 
“I meet people literally from around the world. I enjoy telling the story of the Green Bay Packers and expressing that we have a neat thing here in Green Bay,” Broderick said.
Statues of players from the Ice Bowl game make up part of a display at the Packers Hall of Fame.

Summer Outlook 2012