Questions for Student:

1) When do you first remember hearing about Williamsburg or the College? What images came to mind?

2) Did you visit Williamsburg? What was your first impression?

3) What did you hear others say about Williamsburg?

4) Did your parents go to College? What did they do in their twenties?

5) Will you stay in Williamsburg after you graduate?

6) How do you think you will remember Williamsburg?

Questions for Williamsburg resident:

1) Were you born here? What is your earliest memory of Williamsburg.

2) Are there any particular sights / smells / sounds that typify Williamsburg for you? Why?

3) What do you think other people think about Williamsburg? Are they correct?

4) Is Williamsburg defined by the College?

5) Do you think of Williamsburg as a city?

6) Are the people who live here now the “same” people who lived here when you were younger?

1 Response to “Questions”

  1. 1 Arthur Knight February 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Good start on questions. For student #5, you will definitely need follow ups: What would Williamsburg need to have in order for you to want to stay? Are any of the things that attracted you to it as a place to come college also things that make it unlikely you’ll stay?

    For Resident: #1–following the thread of memory can good–earliest memory; a particularly find memory? etc. #3–this could provide an opportunity to reflect on change over time. #4 and 5 is too much of a yes/no questions–try to reframe them to elicit more expansive answers. #6 is strong, but you need to be ready to follow-up.

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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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