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Everybody Knew You in Small-Town Michigan

Alpena, Michigan

Story Narrative:

My favorite memory of living in a small town is being able to walk to everything, to girl scouts, to church, to school, and that everybody knew you and they watched out after you--whether it was good or bad, and they let your parents know when it wasn't so good. But, it was wonderful, and I'm really fortunate, feel fortunate that I had that opportunity."

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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