Oral History Questions

Classmate Interviews:

1) Where did you grow up? How did this place shape your childhood?
2) What is your earliest memory?
3) Why did you want to go to college? Why did you choose William & Mary?
4) What groups and activities are you currently involved in? Why?
5) Who do you feel has had the greatest influence on you life so far?
6) How do you think your parents and upbringing influence your ideology?

Local Interviews:

1) When did you come to Williamsburg? Why?
2) How do you know most of the people you know in Williamsburg?
3) How do you think Williamsburg has changed since you’ve lived here? Has it changed for better or worse?
4) Do you ever visit Colonial Williamsburg? Why or why not?
5) Do you vote in local elections? Why or why not?
6) How do you view yourself within the Williamsburg community?


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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