"I grew up in Wein, Missouri, and it was a Catholic community, and all of the families would get together almost every Saturday night and go to dances, where everybody danced with everybody--moms and dads and children, and accordion music and band music. We had an awesome time, and we learned to dance that way. Our parents would take us out and dance on the dance floor, and boys and girls would dance together. It was an awesome time. Lots of good-old German music, with accordion and guitars and drums--just Polka music--we had a wonderful time. That's the way we learned to dance when we were young back in the town of Wein, Missouri."
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.