"My favorite memory of a small town is the town where my grandparents lived in Freeland, Michigan. It was fun to be in Freeland and see all the things going on there. I enjoyed it a lot. One time, my uncle gave me permission to drive the tractor and wagon into town to deposit wheat that had been harvested--in the elevator. And that was fun.
I think the other thing that was a lot of fun was going to the general store and seeing all the things on all the shelves in noks and crannies and then having an ice cream cone as a finish for that. I really enjoyed writing my book, which is about my family and goes back to the 1600s. And right now, my son and I are recording it on a CD, including what I wrote and things that we found like pictures and artifacts and so forth. It's really been great, and we're probably going to be doing this for more than a year."
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.