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Lifelong Friendships: An Exchange Student in Alpena, Michigan

Alpena, Michigan

Story Narrative:

"When I was young, 15 years old, I had an exchange student come from France, and Elizabeth arrived. She was 15 years old as well and stayed for one month. We were able to keep in touch, and the next year, I went and stayed with her family for one month, and she has returned twice: one time to be in my wedding, and I returned with my parents and was in her wedding. And now, 30 years later, she has sent her 15-year-old son to stay with us for one month. So, we hope to continue the tradition."

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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