Where have you lived?

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Last Thursday everyone did a great job with our first “practice” interview. After frantically writing my own index to the interview, and then having some time to think about it, I have one suggestion I wanted share with you. You might want to ask where people have lived and where they go in Williamsburg. Part of living in a place is interacting with the physical space itself. For example, this past year I moved to a different area of Williamsburg where I do not run into many students, I don’t see the College unless I am going to work, and I rarely find myself going through CW. How might “my” Williamsburg differ from someone who lives on, say, Indian Springs Road? How does what I see, touch, hear, smell, etc., help shape what Williamsburg “is” for me? Knowing where a person has lived in Williamsburg, or where they go to do a certain activity, may help us, and other researchers, to better understand what it was like to be a resident of Williamsburg.


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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