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Everyone Knows Everyone in Small-Town Michigan

Alpena, Michigan

Story Narrative:

"My favorite memory of living in a small town is how everyone knows everybody, and so everyone is very supportive, and you just have lots of friends and everyone gets along well, and there's not lots of gossip or drama, and everyone also works well together and comes together when the community needs help, and then you really realize how much of a difference a small group of people can make to change something.

So, I just really enjoy that aspect of it, and being able to recognize everyone and being close with everyone. It's very nice having all the local businesses and being able to have nice conversations, and I like living in a small town."

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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