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Small-Town Quality of Life in Michigan and New Hampshire

Alpena, Michigan

Story Narrative:

(Participant) Growing up in a small town was small schools. People knew each other. It was a level of comfort. Not a lot of crime, a lot of outdoor activity, and family was important.

(Interviewer) What kinds of sports did they have in your town?

(Participant) All school sports: baseball, football, cheerleading, track.

(Interviewer) Did you participate?

(Participant) I was a track star as a freshmen, got my senior letter and then cheerleaded for a while. My kids are better athletes than me.

(Interviewer) And you live in a small town in New Hampshire now?

(Participant) I do. I was born and raised in Oscoda, Michigan, and I live in Conway, New Hampshire. And, it's a similar experience for my kids that I had. We purposefully moved there to raise them in a small town. Yeah, we did. We have no money, but we have a really good quality of life.

(Interviewer) I love it.

Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.

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