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  • The Cast of TLC's “The Little Couple” Visit Marshall Steam Museum

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  • The staff of the Marshall Steam Museum got a taste of reality television when the cast of TLC's "The Little Couple" stopped by June 13.
    Jen Arnold, Bill Klein, and their three-year-old son Will were in town so Will could have a procedure done at Nemours Hospital in Wilmington.
    Jen, Bill and Will (whom the couple adopted from China in March) all suffer from dwarfism.
    According to Arnold's Twitter account, it is a family tradition to spend time doing a fun activity the day before going into the hospital.
    "It's our tradition for a day of fun & special dinner day before any surgery," she tweeted.
    The museum, which is usually closed to the public on Thursdays, opened specifically for the famous family.
    "Someone from TLC called just a few days before they planned to visit and asked if we would accommodate them," Marshall Steam Museum Executive Director Susan Randolph said.
    Because Will loves cars, going to the museum was the perfect way for him to spend his special day.
    "We had them riding in cars and even set up the train for them. We wanted to do anything that would be fun for a three-year-old," Randolph said. "Will is such a smart boy. He was a little shy at first but, he quickly figured out how to start and stop the cars."
    Randolph, who was not familiar with the show, said the family was very down to earth and easy going.
    "They were so nice. You can tell their show is genuine, not like some of these other reality shows.
    Randolph said that although she was shocked the show's producers reached out to her, she was excites and hopes being on the show will bring exposure to the area.
    "When you think of this area, it does not come off as a big attraction," she said. "I hope this brings more people to the area, and shines a light on the good work they do at Nemours."
    After a fun-filled day at the Marshall Steam Museum, Will went in for surgery and is working toward recovery.
    "Will has been discharged," Klein tweeted Sunday. "Best Father's Day gift I could have ever asked for."

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