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Remembering Family on the Fourth

The Fourth of July brings to mind fireworks -- and summer celebrations. For 85-year-old Miriam Kerpen, something she discovered hidden in the pages of her great-uncle's dictionary created some sparks when she went to summer camp at 13.

As she tells her daughter, Lisa Shufro, Kerpen's fascination with her discovery led to a meeting with the camp counselor. The two discussed the tale in the flagship StoryCorps booth in New York.

American Stories

Family lore also figures into the conversation Marie DeSantis had with her daughter, Mary Lu Hayes, and grandson, Mark. During a session at the Grand Central booth, DeSantis recalled how her father, a shoemaker from Sicily, became an American citizen.

That process is one that Slava and Leon Leykin went through 16 years ago, when they left Ukraine. The pair, married for some 30 years, also have a daughter, Victoria.

Next week, the StoryCorps mobile booths will be in Minneapolis, Minn., and Columbus, Oh. Stories from the StoryCorps oral history project can be heard every Friday on 'Morning Edition'.

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