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After His Wife Passed Away, He Kept Their Memories Alive In A Homemade Museum

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Charles Evans was shining shoes when he first laid eyes on his future wife Louise, but the connection was instant. "When you looked at her it was like an electric shock," he remembers, "I guess it's love."

From that day on, Charles would go to the cafe across the street where Louise worked every day just to see her. They quickly became high school sweethearts, and married at 18. The couple spent 60 blissful years together, before Louise passed away in 2001.

Now 82 years old, Evans is keeping his wife's memory alive in a very special way. Instead of building a scrapbook or photo album of their time together, he's built an entire museum in a small building in his backyard.

He calls the project Louise and LaLa Land (LaLa is his childhood nickname), and he's filled every corner of the tiny room with memories of their time together. The museum has gotten a lot of attention since it was featured on Ellen Degeneres's daytime talk show, but admission is still free and it's open year-round.

Click to the next page to take a tour of the museum!  

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