Archive for March, 2008

journal 3/17-3/24

Monday March 17, 2008
Tim and I visited Special Collections today. He tackled some of the directories looking for childhood references while I began going through both of Ed Belvin’s books: Growing Up in Williamsburg and Williamsburg Facts and Fiction. Growing Up in Williamsburg contains interesting information about the Belvin’s personal experience during the 1930s and early 1940s. I didn’t know that the school housed Rhesus monkeys on the South Side of Washington, but that is an aside.

Tuesday March 18, 2008
Tim and I made arrangements to go through the WDP archives during what would be class time on Thursday. I continued reading Belvin’s books today, however they do not seem pertinent to the time period that Tim and I are trying to focus our project. At this point I think we might have to refocus our aim, but I’ll wait until going through the WDP archives before deciding.

Wednesday March 19, 2008
I don’t have anything to report today.

Thursday March 20, 2008
I spent the majority of my day going through the WDP archives. Professor Knight marked all the interviews with natives of Williamsburg. I made it through the first third. I paid special attention to the interview with Ed Belvin being that I had finished his books earlier this week. He references a “big book” in his interview that might be interesting to see if Tim and I ultimately decide to contact him. Most of the interviews that I read, though, still did not focus the latter half of the twentieth century, but they do talk about their children and grandchildren not enjoying Williamsburg and relocating. I think that we’ve found the dichotomy we’ve been looking for.

Friday March 21, 2008
Nothing to report today.

Saturday, March 22, 2008
Again, nothing.

Sunday March 23, 2008
I did not work on the WDP today.

Monday March 24, 2008
I reviewed my notes for class tomorrow, but did not do any further research.

3/25/08 journal

This week I spoke with professor Knight about setting up an interview with Eliot Wolin, the president of Temple Beth-El (who is also his neighbor). I e-mailed professor Wunnenberg on Friday about setting up an interview with her, but I am still awaiting her reply. I am planning on drafting up some interview questions for Mr. Wolin in the next day or two, so that I can finalize an interview with him. Other than that I did no further work on my project.

assignment 3

From mapping my routes to and from specific buildings on campus and in Williamsburg, it becomes clear that most of my Tuesdays are spent in class, or walking to and from class. This Tuesday was also somewhat unique in that, due to the decreased amount of sleep that I had had from the night before, I ended up staying in Lodge 16 for most of the evening. Still, the map does give a basic idea as to the routes that I normally take to and from classes. Living in Lodge 16 these past two years has been very convenient in that regard, in that most of the academic buildings that I have classes in are fairly equidistant from my domicile.
I began my day at midnight, still on the third floor of Swem, finishing up some homework. I moved to the 24 hour study lounge at 2 am, and then finally returned to Lodge 16 around 5. I awoke at 9 am, and left for the College Apartments by 9:15. I arrived in Room 5 of the Apartments at 9:30 for my class on popular reading. At 10:50, I quickly walked over to Aromas for some coffee and a little food, and then walked back to the College Apartments in order to get to class at 11. At 12 pm, after being let out of class early, I went to the Student Exchange to get a microwaveable meal, and returned with it to Lodge 16 at about 12:20. At 12:51 I left for Morton Hall to attend my Chinese drill class, arriving at 1. At 1:50, I left for Rogers Hall to attend my 2 o’clock class, Symbolic Logic. At 3:20, I left for Lodge 16, and by about 4:30 I was asleep. I awoke around 8:30 or 9, and made myself some dinner in the Lodge kitchen. At about 10:30, I met up with my girlfriend, and we both went over to the Midland Apartments to see a friend of mine from my sophomore year.
In all, due to my lack of sleep, many of my normal habits were eliminated from this specific Tuesday’s activities. Still and yet, the map is largely accurate, in that, due to its central location and communal living arrangement, I spend a good portion of my day at Lodge 16. Aside from the coffee and pastry that I bought at Aromas, I also frequently buy coffee at the Daily Grind and drink it at Lodge 16. I normally get one take-out meal each day from the UC dining hall, and take it back to Lodge 16 to eat. For my dinner meal, I will often venture into Colonial Williamsburg, or drive to a restaurant nearby (I have a car on campus). I especially enjoy Retro’s in Colonial Williamsburg (next to Aromas). My sophomore year, and earlier in my junior year, I would often drive over to New Town. However, I find myself driving over there less and less. Being on campus, in general, has been very nice.
Although I do spend a good portion of my leisure time at Lodge 16, this really is not a problem for me. I live in Alpha Epsilon Pi’s fraternity house, so there are usually a good number of people around. It is very convenient to be able to return to my room very quickly from class, and converse with whoever might have stopped by. With the house being so small, however, it also loses its cleanliness very quickly (with 15 to 20 people frequenting the common room daily). It is also nice that the building is not too far out of the quickest routes between my classes (which makes it easy to carry fewer books to class). Walking to class, I am also very thankful that William and Mary’s campus is so aesthetically pleasing (being that I spend a good portion of my day walking through it). Furthermore, I am very grateful to have my own vehicle, as it enables me to visit friends off-campus. Many of my friends have apartments at either Governor’s Square, or the Midlands, and It is very convenient to be able to visit them without having to find a ride. In general, life on campus is very pleasant for me, even if it is seemingly unexciting.
Although the map that I drew gives the reader a good idea s to the buildings I visit in Williamsburg, and the routes I take to get to them, it does not really describe the activities that take place within. It is interesting to note that most of my daily activities, especially during the week, take place on campus. The method by which I move between those activities is on foot as well. Beyond that, the reader would require a certain amount of background knowledge as to the departments and classes housed in the specific buildings to which I travel. William and Mary students are very lucky to have a nice campus to walk through, which is why I normally enjoy walking to class (if I am not pressed for time). Still and yet, having my own car has made many important things much more convenient, especially buying food and visiting friends. In general, Tuesdays and Thursdays do not really show the extent of the variation in the places that I frequent in Williamsburg, but they do give a good idea as to the normal routes that I take to class.

3 – Incredible Invention

William Hammer
AMST 410: Williamsburg Documentary Project
Professor Knight & Evan Cordulack
March 25, 2008
Assignment Three

“The Incredible Invention”

This project was particularly strange for me because it fell on a day that I recorded my first absence from class. While I did not travel to Apartments 5, the conflict had me doing a lot of extra traveling. Tuesday is a very busy day for me. I have three classes and a lab one after another. So I do my fair share of hustling around campus.
Although this past Tuesday, I found a way to not make the long trek to the remote College Apartments and low and behold add distance to my day. Between my nine-thirty class in the Wren Building, the return to my dorm, and then my power walk from Unit J to my twelve-thirty class in Small via the Swem computers and printers, I must have had the equivalent of fifteen jaunts from Wren to the American Studies Department. Every other Tuesday (before this one) I walked from Unit J to the University Center for breakfast, to Wren for class, then the College Apartments, quickly to the New Campus and Small Hall, and finally my Geology lab in McGlothlin-Street. With that in mind, I began to imagine what the average distance that I walk each day came out to (of course, people who live off-campus, bike, and commute are in a totally different league); however, the most intriguing aspect of Assignment Three, with the use of an on-hand measuring device, would be the distance that my legs carried me, not only on the eighteenth but any day.
The time requirements from midnight to midnight also presented a noteworthy wrinkle for Assignment Three. The twelve AM to twelve PM time range would not be very appropriate for a traveler who sports a standard “nine to five” workday. He or she would most likely be in their bedroom from before midnight until at least seven AM each and every Tuesday from the wee hours of the morning all the way through to sunrise. Then he/she would be back in bed before midnight on the same Tuesday night. But for a college student, at least with my schedule, the start and stop point of Assignment Three did not fall at time that I was in my room at all.
Before this task, I had never taken a step back and noticed how much walking I actually do around campus. After completing the first requirement of the assignment, my travel log was extremely surprising to me. I had no idea before my travel log and corresponding map how much hoofing I actually do around campus.
My twelve am on Tuesday morning had me in the Green Leafe having a Guinness draught to celebrate the true St. Patrick’s Day. Despite how my traveling log begins, it was not like I missed class on Tuesday for alcoholic consequences as the record will show. I left the Leafe at twelve-thirty AM for the almost obligatory Wawa stop. I met some friends at Wawa who had a car. My ride to Harrison Street was the only non-walking traveling that I recorded over the course of the twenty-four hour span.
My charted time of transportation continued with an early morning breakfast with a quick Geology study session immediately following. Picking up again from one-fifty when my Religious Studies class in Small, I returned to McGlothlin-Street for my exam. Another remarkable period of my day was all the travel that I amounted throughout the course of my rugby practice. Our IM Rugby Pitch (as I endearingly named it) has more area than most soccer fields. The running, jogging, walking that I performed during rugby practice in under two hours of the total twenty-four is a large percentage of my total travel distance.
At the end of the day, my girlfriend and I went on an ice-cream date. I walked to 155 Richmond Road and met her there. Then we continued to walk to Baskin-Robbins for a scrumptious scoop of Pralines and Cream. We completed our night with a brief stroll around Duke of Gloucester Street and then parted ways back at her dorm. Could I have suggested Baskin-Robbins instead of watching whatever on TV on account of the assignment? Maybe so.
Possibly before taking on this assignment I had a subconscious urge to walk much more than I would have. With this in mind, the tool that I would have most liked to have was what my fraternity brothers call The Incredible Invention. A more helpful title would be a measuring wheel. This invention has a handle attached to a cane which is then secured to a tire. This tire runs along the ground and sends a digital measurement to an LCD screen.
Then again maybe I travel a lot everyday when considering my circumstances. Unit J is arguably one of the most remote buildings on campus. Of course the College’s American Studies majors would adamantly disagree for the likes of the College Apartments. Anyway, in addition to our traveler’s log, our charted map, and our reflection essay, this measurement via The Incredible Invention would quantify this assignment into an understandable unit, meters or miles. This number in my opinion, would complete the whole concept of my travel log making it possible for my travel to become comprehendible when evaluated and compared to my classmates’ distance and their travel logs.

3.18-3.25 Journal

William Hammer
AMST 410: Williamsburg Documentary Project
Professor Knight
Golf in Williamsburg w/ Bobby Wermus

March 19, 2008: –
No Report – Time Logged: 0 minutes

March 20, 2008:

I. Basic Information
I went to Special Collections at Swem Library this afternoon around 3:45. I was not sure if I needed to set up an appointment or anything I needed to take care of before my research tomorrow afternoon. Afterwards, Bobby and I met informally at The Daily Grind.

Time Logged: 45 minutes
II. Observations and Data
The lady that I worked with at Special Collections was not very helpful. Furthermore, their copy machine was out of order so that my registration could not be completed. The lady helping me took me over to the old card catalog to look up ‘Golf’. First we tried a subject search, to no avail. Then we tried school organizations and the lady became confused. She thought that I was looking for the Golf Club and not the Golf Team. Finally, we find a card that displayed that the collections have a ‘Subject File’. The lady described a Subject File as a random hodge-podge of clippings, correspondences and other information. So there is one file worth checking out at Special Collections tomorrow.

Then Bobby and I met at the Grind to get an idea of our direction. Bobby is going to go to the Corporate Archives to hopefully finish up our research there. He is also going to The Golden Horseshoe, probably on Sunday to get an idea of what goes on there. I advised him to try and figure out a rough estimation of a ratio of the Williamsburg natives to tourists. We plan to start our interviews next week. I will contact Jonas Miller to see if we can interview him soon. We just wanted to get a handle on our upcoming events and research

III. Reflection
It is surprising (not to offend him) how enthusiastic Bobby is about this project. I have a true passion for golf, but it is brand new to Bobby. His perspective and overall input is going to produce a well rounded project that I could have even considered. It is encouraging that a senior in his last semester could be so energetic in a brand new subject..

March 21, 2008:
I. Basic Information:
This afternoon in Swem I grazed among the Special Collections. I registered and sifted through the card catalog of the Flat Hat Index online, pursued the Subject File containing a smattering of publications from the Virginia Gazette.

Time Logged: 60 minutes
II. Observations and Data:
The archivist was much more helpful this afternoon. She showed me to the card catalog and actually found the information I was looking for. It looks like the Flat Hat (from the index), the Virginia Gazette and will be major resources for the William and Mary aspect of Williamsburg in Golf. I looked for major dates and blurbs that included the golf courses, the space in Williamsburg. Brent Paladino, one of my prospective interviewees, was mentioned with his success in qualifications for prestigious amateur tournaments. This information is mostly irrelevant for the project. But it does legitimize his voice.
Anheuser-Busch will also be a key player with its involvement Kingsmill and sponsorships of major ladies tournaments and even William and Mary fundraisers.

III. Reflection – Foresight
I look forward to researching the Flat Hat Index to see what golf course William and Mary’s golf team played on. To my estimation Williamsburg does not have a golf coruse on record. Did William and Mary play golf in Williamsburg at all??

March 21, 2008: No Report

March 22, 2008: No Report

March 23, 2008: No Report

March 24, 2008:
I. Basic Information
I used the information that I gathered from Special Collections’ Card Catalog pertaining to the Flat Hat. I have opened up the 15 issues that I found to be most important to Golf in Williamsburg.

Time Logged: 45 minutes
II. Observations and Data
I have not researched most of the issues, but I did find the early venue of the Wake Forest match in 1938. It was played on the “tricky Yorktown Course”. I will have to look into it but I assume that there was no course in Williamsburg at this time.
III. Reflection
The Flat Hat information was surprisingly easy for me to access. I have no idea how to cite a newspaper at this point but I will figure it out. I have not done much research over the Easter Holiday, but I continue to make headway on my contribution. Bobby was not able to go to the Golden Horseshoe over the weekend. It would have been interesting to hear what he observed/noted.

assignment 3: a day in the life

Professor Knight told us about an assignment cataloging one day in our lives and, after detailing it on a map and writing out an explanation, it’d go into the archives at Special Collections in Swem forever. I started to think about how my day normally goes and that I would be more conscious of the places I would go on this day.
First, let me preface this by saying that it was the day immediately after St. Patrick’s Day. No matter what the Catholic Church says , March 17th will always be St. Patty’s. Therefore, it’s appropriate to say that I was celebrating, as an of-age 22-year old, at the College Delly at midnight. At 12:10, I ventured to Wawa to get some snacks and then headed over to 333 Richmond Road to celebrate some more. Around 2AM, I returned to Wawa to get some delicious meatballs and headed to my bed in Preston Hall.
I woke up around 8:45 and drove to Mama Steve’s, a breakfast place on Richmond Road. One of my friends, Sarah Frook, who had graduated last year, was in town. Several of my friends and I went out to say hi to an old friend we hadn’t seen since graduation. I was back on campus around 10AM and hung around with a friend until I had class at 11. Williamsburg Documentary Project was in the College Apartments. We got out of class early, a rarity, so I went to the Peanut Shop for some free samples. This was about 12PM. I then decided to swing by the Cheese Shop to say hi to another friend who was working. I made my way to the Dodge Room next to PBK around 12:20 to get some lunch. I went to the Studio Theater inside PBK to South East Asian Performance Styles. We learn the dances of South East Asia taught to us by Francis Tanglao-Aguas. Francis was out of town, so we were taught by our T.A., Sravya. She let us out early, around 1:30, so I went to the Grind to hang out. I left for my next class in Washington at 3, Religious Life and American Thought from 1840 to the present with Professor David L. Holmes. After class got out, I walked to Barrett around 3:30 to take a nap. I woke at 5 to go to dinner at the Marketplace. After dinner, I went to the Grind around 6. I got a phone call from my friend Lindsey. She wanted to go for a walk, so we went down DoG street and chatted. I returned to the Grind at 7:30, socialized, and half an hour later, I was in my room to shower, and back at the Grind at 9. At 11:15, I went to Barrett to get some things I’d left there, and was in my room asleep by 11:30.
This wasn’t a typical day for me. I don’t go out on Tuesdays; I reserve socializing for the weekends. I also don’t eat breakfast. However, it was really important for me to see Frook. I usually get lunch at the Dodge Room before my 12:30 class. They recently started allowing students to use the meal option to get some food. I would like to have lunch earlier, since I don’t usually do breakfast, but it doesn’t start in the dining halls until 10:40, and twenty minutes is nowhere near enough time for me to chow down. Besides, although lunch may start at 10:40, the good food isn’t out until 11 or so, which leaves me no time to run to the College Apartments.
It looks like I spend a great deal of time at the Grind and in Barrett Hall. It’s true. Most of my friends will go to the Grind to find me before they call. I am usually in Barrett, not because I’m a creepy senior, but one of my good friends is the Head Resident. As the Head Resident, she gets a huge apartment that she always leaves open, so I’ve left many things at her place and I almost always nap there.
Dinner at the Marketplace on Tuesday is routine. I have dinner with my APO family. Though 5PM is really early for many people, most of us show up anyway and head over to brother’s meeting at 6PM in Washington Hall. Being a senior, I’ve become less interested in attending meetings, so I prefer to socialize at the Grind.
Going for a walk through CW is a once in a semester thing. Lindsey and I are good friends and her asking me on a walk isn’t all too unusual. We tried to go into the Raleigh Tavern for some tea and cookies, but they were closed.
As I think about my day, I realize that some of the decision I’d made were deliberate for this project. I do not usually go to the Peanut Shop, but I thought it would be interesting to place it on the map. On the other hand, I go to the Cheese Shop frequently to say hi to friends working. But as the day progressed, I realized I was getting myself into more work than I wanted to do. I even suggested to one person that in theory, I could have stayed in all day and turned in a blank map. I wonder about the permanence of the places I went to. Some projects in our class require digging up the past finding out about places that no longer exist. In twenty years, if someone picks up my paper, what will they recognize? Perhaps I used some slang in writing this paper that no one will be familiar with anymore. Will they know what DoG street is or what the organization APO was? (Duke of Gloucester street, in case you were curious, and Alpha Phi Omega is the largest organization on campus dedicated to community service in Williamsburg). This was, in all, a day that I won’t remember forever or a day that significantly changed my life in anyway, but a day that fairly accurately represents where I go daily.

golf journal

Journal 3/17 – 3/24/08
Nothing to report
Nothing to report
Nothing to report
I went to the corporate archives for two hours reading various letters sent between managers at the Williamsburg Inn to golf architects and others exploring the idea of a golf course and eventual logistics of building it. Through the letters, I learned that CW was more popular among women and the intent of the golf course was to attract men to Williamsburg and to extend their visits. Eventually, they built the first nine holes saying, “Half a loaf is better than none.” I made an appointment to go back to the archives next Wednesday since I have other more pressing projects to work on.

Met with Hammer at the Grind for half an hour to talk about the project. We’re slowly getting a clearer picture of what we want to accomplish and what we’ve been finding. We’re going to schedule our interviews soon. I also asked him about visiting the Golden Horseshoe to do an observational analysis. He said the prime times to go are Wednesday onward. Since the rest of my week has to be devoted to dance concerts for my dance class, I’ll go next Thursday in lieu of class.
Nothing to report
Spent two hours organizing and typing up my notes. I wonder how to focus this project onto the entire relationship between golf and Williamsburg since most of the primary resources at CW are related to the Golden Horseshoe and not other courses.

Native American Representations at CW – week of 3.17.08

Monday, March 17, 2008 – Emailed Travis Henline who was the first director of the American Indian Initiative at CW to try and obtain an interview or background information on the beginning of the Initiative. What was its genesis? When did a dialog begin? How did he become involved in the program? What milestones did he reach while he was here? Who was his biggest supporter? Did he have any resistance? From whom? In what way? What does he believe is most important attribute CW can bring to Native American Representations? How can they help this overall discourse? What obstacles do they face in doing it?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 – Attended classes. Kept a journal all day on the day’s movements
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 – Worked on mapping exercise. Have not heard from Professor Henline. Emailed Lisa Heuvel and Buck Woodard with update on progress. Inquired with Lisa whether her boss Francis Burrows had returned to work and if it would now be appropriate to contact her.
Thursday, March 20, 2008 – Met with Wendy Korwin, my AMST 470 instructor to discuss a sister paper I am preparing for her class. The topic is again Native American Representations but this time I am looking at a 1906 book called “Fox’s Indian Primer” which was printed for Anglo children to learn about Native Americans. She referred me to John Gamber in the AMST dept who previously taught a class on “Native American Representations”. I emailed Professor Gamber explained both my project and smaller paper for AMST 470 and asked for his advice and a copy of his syllabus that may direct me to more print resources.
Friday, March 21, 2008 – Worked on mapping exercise. Wondered what my relationship to Williamsburg is now. How has it changed in the time that I have been going to school at W&M? How do I feel about Williamsburg now in relation to how I felt when I first arrived? Why do I come to Williamsburg? Do I still come for pleasure or is it always work? Where am I the most comfortable on campus and off? Where do I eat the most often? Why? Looked back at early personal journals to see how my views have changed over time. Heard back from Lisa Heuvel and Buck Woodard. I will contact Ms. Burrows next week per Lisa’s information.
Saturday, March 22, 2008 – Worked on mapping exercise. Completed actual maps wrote questions to answer in my essay. Still have not heard back from Professor Henline.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 – Easter Sunday – I went to church, ate lots of food, took a nap, hung out with kids and then read about Native Americans in “Chiefdoms and Other Archeological Delusions” by Tim Pauketat…

WPD Journal

March 24,2008

It’s time to post my journal and I realize that I did not do much this past week. I did write interview questions for my first interview. I meet with Sarah today to get a plan or action for completing this project. I am going to try to get into Swem to see what they may have at Special Collections.

Work Journal: 3-18-08

This past week was not terribly productive for me. I was hoping to get some answers from the VA Gazette about when they began The Last Word. Looks like I will have to do the research myself to start.

I also know that this upcoming week will not likely yield much, as I have a lot of projects coming up in other courses. I do have my research schedule plotted out so that my heaviest work will be done at the end of the semester, as my other classes don’t have much going on at that time.

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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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