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Barbara Boyd Harmon: 1965-1966 Exchange Student

Barbara Boyd Harmon, Worthington exchange student to Crailsheim in 1965-66.
Barbara Boyd Harmon, Worthington exchange student to Crailsheim in 1965-66.
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Host families:
The Hilts, the Kritters, the Hahns and the Mangolds

Current city/state:
Lake Villa, IL

Current occupation:
Retired

Fondest memory of my year in Crailsheim:
Frau Hilt sitting on the sofa with me and a German-English dictionary every afternoon to help and encourage my German speaking — only one of so many kindnesses!

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How the year abroad changed me:
The world was a very different place in 1965, before the internet and cell phones and routine trips in planes. My year of exchange students was the last to travel by ship to and from Germany: 11 days each way. The only contact I had with my family (besides letters) was an Easter phone call placed through an operator. We sat and waited hours for a connection. My mother said I spoke with a German accent. Crailsheim and the rest of Germany were still working hard to recover from WWII — my classmates were surprised and envious at my daily changes of clothing. They frequently wore one or two outfits all week. Nonetheless, the city and all my host families were incredibly generous to me. I was invited to city employee outings, and international contests. I was gifted piano lessons and trips to Austria, Switzerland and Italy. I attended operas and plays and musical performances and saw countless artistic masterpieces in museums and cathedrals. I felt like my intellect and outlook expanded by a factor of at least 10. I was transformed from a small-town little girl to an international citizen of the world. The year was one of the best experiences of my life.

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Copies of the book "Worthington & Crailsheim: 75 Years of Partnership" are available for purchase at the Nobles County Historical Society in downtown Worthington.

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75th Anniversary book, lapel pin unveiled during visit by Crailsheim band, city residents.
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