Archive for April, 2008

Journal

Emily C. Nunez
April 28, 2008

Tuesday April 15th:
I did archival research today on the wall.

Wednesday April 16th:
I edited my timeline today. I am going to try and see if I can add the data into the computer and have a timeline on my website.

Thursday April 17th:
I started working on my web design today. Trying to figure out layout and design so I can start putting together some pages.

Friday April 18th:
I worked on putting together some pages today.

Saturday April 19th:
I did not do research today.

Sunday April 20th:
I did not do research today.

Monday April 21st:
I did some research in Swem. I did a lot of uploading information and working on my pages again today.

Tuesday April 22nd:
I had an interview with Mrs. Kale today. It lasted about an hour and went really well. She was very helpful.

Wednesday April 23rd:
I set up an interview with Professor Whittenburg today.

Thursday April 24th:
I started working on transcribing Mrs. Kale’s interview.

Friday April 25th:
I had a short interview with Professor Whittenburg today. It went really well. Even though it only last about 25 minutes she was very helpful.

Saturday April 26th:
I did not do research today.

Sunday April 27th:
I did not do research today.

Monday April 28th:
I did some more work with my pages today.

Journal for April 16th-22nd

This past week I had an interview with Dan and Ginny Gasink who were both graduates of William and Mary and very involved in Catholic Campus Ministry. Currently they live in Williamsburg and choose to attend Catholic Campus Ministry masses as opposed to St. Bede’s Church. The interview went very well as far as content and information about past CCM history and current events. However, the sound quality of the tape was compromised because we did not have enough microphones and their small baby was present. I also spent a chunk of time last Thursday going through Daily Press articles about St. Bede’s and CCM. It was interesting to see what the community knows about the Catholic Church and how it is represented in public media. This upcoming week I will be driving to Richmond on Thursday to interview the former pastor of St. Bede’s/Catholic Campus Ministry, Msgr. Carr. Also, I just talked to Sr. Berenice Eltz, a resident sister in Williamsburg for over 50 years and she agreed to do an interview with me on Monday, April 28th. I’m very excited about that!

contact info for Charlie Maloney

phone: 804-785-9401
e-mail: dayspringfarm@aol.com

Journal VI 4.15 – 4.21

William Hammer
AMST 410: Williamsburg Documentary Project
Professor Knight
April 15, 2008 – April 21, 2008

April 15, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Bobby and I confirmed our meeting during class tomorrow. Also in class Ladonna agreed to index for me next week. He also sent me an interesting article connecting the Golden Horseshoe to the College. Catherine also gave me an article from the Virginia Gazette about Ford’s Colony and its construction.

Time Logged: 15 minutes

II. Observations and Data – No Report

III. Reflection – No Report

April 16, 2008:

April 17, 2008:
I. Basic Information
Bobby and I met with Professor Knight this morning during our scheduled class time. We discussed the changes in our project and the particulars for the paper and presentation.
Bobby and I then continued to hash out our outline.

Time Logged: 60 minutes

II. Observations and Data
Bobby also brought an article commenting on the longer stays at the Williamsburg Inn. Upon reading, I thought that we should try and find some information on the more recent past phenomenon as Williamsburg as a retirement destination, a key demographic on the golf course.

III. Reflection
When Professor Knight, Bobby, and I first met at the beginning of the semester, the news of a thirty page paper was overwhelming. But on working on the outline it will be rather easy to get a substantial project. I think that we will accomplish our goal of making our project open-ended for future projects to supplement or focus on a certain strain.

April 18, 2008:
I. Basic Information
I called Mr. Byrnes and set up an interview for Thursday. I called Bobby and Ladonna for indexing assistance. But finally emailed the list serve for an indexer.

Time Logged: 15

II. Observations and Data
Hopefully I can start typing some things out and working on the more tangible requirements of AMST 410.

III. Reflection
I am really excited for this interview. Mr. Brynes seems like a potentially great interviewee.

April 19, 2009: No Report

April 20, 2009: No Report

April 21, 2009:
I. Basic Information:
I followed up with Glen Byrnes and he was a go for the interview setting. He did express some concerns with the legality of his on-the-record interview.

Time Logged: 5 minutes

II. Reflection
I had some real questions with his response. I was really surprised that Byrnes, like Gyscek was giving me the run around. I realize that only a few of my questions would really affect his position as PGA Professional or the Golden Horseshoe.

4/22 Post

This week, I did more research, looking at blog posts, e-mails, and web sites important to the anti- and pro-Nichol movements. I set up some interviews and communicated with some sources. I have a couple student interviews I’d like to do, now that I’ve gotten the interviews done with sources who are removed from campus. Also, I’m still trying to track down the founder of SavetheWrenCross.org, Vince Haley. Apparently he has been in Israel, but one of my sources said he was returning soon and that he would give me Haley’s contact information as soon as he gets back.

I still need to send all the my sources the release form. Many of them didn’t seem to understand why this is necessary, as they’re used to being interviewed by the media and have never had to sign forms releasing their interviews. Also, the signing of legal documents in general makes people uncomfortable. One of my sources said he wouldn’t sign the form until he’s seen my final report, which raises some chicken and the egg questions about whether I can use his information in my final report.

I’m ready to start writing.

week of 4.14

4.14
Received an e-mail today from Libbey Oliver with a link to an article on a Kansas family transitioning to organic farming and cattle raising: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20080411/nf8

4.15
No work done.
Continue reading ‘week of 4.14’

Week of April 14

This week was admittedly one of my least active weeks, I’ve had a rough string of final papers to prepare for. My interview opportunity with Braxton Court fell through again as Mr. Braxton was out of town, but he e-mailed me this morning and said that he would try for this week, hopefully that will go alright. I’ll just copy my journal into this blog post.

Wednesday

– Searched through Daily Press archives
– Reviewed transcripts and indexes of WTP interviewee

Thursday

– Found interesting articles in the Daily Press Archive that will help my project. Here are the titles:

– THE ROAD TO EQUALITY FROM CLASSES TO MATERIALS, EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT WAS UNEQUAL FOR BLACK CHILDREN
DAILY PRESS; Daily Press; May 2, 2004; pg. A.15;

– SEPARATE BUT NOT EQUAL THE RULING Series: Brown V. Board: 50 years later This is part of an occassional series on the landmark case.

– This one is particularly helpful for my project:
A SIMPLE ACT AGAINST SEGREGATION THREE NURSES HELD A CAFETERIA SIT- IN AT DIXIE HOSPITAL IN 1963

– WHITES ONLY’: SIT-INS YIELD CIVIL-RIGHTS VICTORY

– TRACING THE LONG ROAD TO BROWN

– IN BLACK AND WHITE WHEN NEWSPAPERS DISCUSSED BLACKS, CONDESCENSION WAS MASKED IN COMPLIMENTS Series: No Easy Journey | Understanding Our 50 Year Struggle For Justice And Education –
(Another particularly helpful series)

Friday and Saturday

Read Daily Press and my other secondary resources: “Migrating to the movies is a particularly helpful text in understanding black movie-going in urban–and perhaps suburban–America

Sunday
Nothing to report

Monday
Nothing new to report but this journal.

My final project will be an interesting blend revolving around the topic of race and spectatorship or race and the community. It seems to me that the process of desegregation is different for everyone, but it is often accelerated through integrated performance (tennis courts, move theaters) or public protest (itself a type of performance).

I am looking forward to finally getting my thoughts onto paper.

Representations of Native Americans at Colonial Williamsburg 4.14.08 to 4.20.08

Monday, April 14, 2008 – Background reading
Karp, Ivan and Lavine, Steven D. (eds) (1991) Exhibiting Cultures: The
Poetics and Politics of Museum Display, Smithsonian Institution Press,
Washington

Waugaman, Sandra and Moretti-Langholtz, Danielle. 2006. We’re Still Here: Contemporary Virginia Indians Tell Their Stories, Richmond, Virginia, Palari Publishing
Tuesday, April 15, 2008: Attended classes. Sent Email to Dr. Marley Brown in another attempt to find a contact at the DeWitt Wallace Museum. He encouraged me to contact Kelly Ladd who would be able to tell me what is in the collection. Finished typing an index for Solomon Alpert.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008: I went back through the digital images that I received from Mrs. Martin at CWF and found photos from the Powwow at Carter’s Grove. I still do not have concrete information on it but I can date it to March 1994, which makes it the earliest event with Native American content that I have been able to find so far. I find it interesting that this powwow was held in celebration of Women’s History Month. The first Native American event was held at Carter’s Grove, not in the historic area, and also in context with the negotiation of a gender dynamic. Dr. Brown told me he believed that Travis Henline compiled a list of artifacts in the collection. I have emailed Professor Henline to see if I can get further information. Dr. Brown also stated, “I do know that for many years the main place where Native Virginians were represented was the Winthrop Rockefeller Archaeology Museum at Carter’s Grove, and there it was in the context of what curator Ivor Noël Hume called “the massacre.” His representation of local Native Virginians as treacherous savages deserving to be eliminated was, for me, a real low point in our effort.”
In addition, Dr. Brown (as well as Mr. Woodard, Ms. Rock, Ms. Heuvel and Ms. Burroughs) discussed how important a dialog with and direct participation of contemporary Native American descendant communities are. I have been encouraged to find this a recurring theme within the scholarlary discourse not only in my secondary source reading but within Colonial Williamsburg as well. Although one does not walk down Duke of Glouster Street and see a Native American narrative, it does exist. It is calculated and methodical. This monumental effort is not being accomplished by merely writing a historical dialog and submitting it for the public to view. The dialog is an ongoing, evolutionary process that not only has Native American content but more importantly has Native American input as well. It is a collaborative effort between scholars and a growing community of Native American anthropologists, archaeologists and activists. It is an example of a living history museum that continues to grow and learn because it has the courage (and the funding) to take risks and change rather than remain static.

Thursday, April 17, 2008: Attended classes. Continued to work on typing my field notes and designing my web pages. I received the web space information from Dr. Knight so it is now a matter of coalescing my information, getting it organized and up on the site.

Friday, April 18, 2008: Received an email from Buck Woodard. Will try to meet with him next week to go over any gaps I have in scholarship, get his thoughts on my current research and discuss current programming and future goals of the AII. I have emailed Willie Balderson at CWF to try and meet with him next week. Mrs. Burroughs told me he would be a person who could fill in some information on events that she did not have information on. I have also learned that he was an actor in some of the EFT’s. I would like to discuss his experience in that capacity as well.

Goals for next week:
• Revisit Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement
• Visit with Willie Balderson and Buck Woodard
• Email Toni Deetz Rock, Lisa Heuvel and Ashley Atkins to see if they have any final thoughts or considerations before I begin to put information on the website.
• Continue to try and contact Kelly Ladd at the DeWitt Wallace museum.
• Email Marianne Martin to see if I can review the digital images of artifacts in the digital library.
• Finish secondary source reading.

April 14 – 20, 2008

April 14 – 20, 2008

Monday
Went to Swem and checked out several books on golf course management. They’re terribly thick and I wonder how much it could really help at this point. It’s worth a shot

Tuesday
Researched in the Godwin for an hour. I found out that the Inn wanted to create a Golf Advisory Committee with four locals and one person representing the College. It seems to me that the College representative was just wishful thinking since I didn’t find anything else substantial afterwards. I also made a copy of a memo that explained the entire logic behind building the course and the true state of the Inn – they were going through some hard times and the golf course was to be a gimmick of sorts to get people to stay longer and spend more money. I’ll write about this in more detail in the final paper

Wednesday
Nothing to report

Thursday
Met with Prof. Knight to talk about a general direction for the paper.
Research at the Godwin for two hours and finished sorting through all the primary documents. It was a weird feeling to look at the huge stack of papers and realize that I had read every word in them.
I read several memos and articles talking about the opening of the golf course and its reception. It appeared to be a big hit, but had to close soon after for reseeding. The first few months seemed to be chaotic.

Friday
Hammer and I met for an hour to talk about the paper. I think I have a strong feel for the paper and know where to take it.

Saturday
Nothing to report

Sunday
Wrote three pages of the final paper. That took awhile.

4.16-4.21

Over the last week, Tim and I have accomplished a lot. Tuesday, April 16 we sat down with a William and Mary senior, Ashley Pinney, who grew up in Williamsburg. She was very easy to interview and had obviously thought about a lot of the topics with which we presented to her beforehand. It was very insightful in that she spoke about socioeconomically separated social groups and activities for youth around the city. Wednesday, April 17, we interviewed a freshman, Andrew Mearns asking him about the same topics and again he was very insightful. He also spoke to how he perceives the student population in Williamsburg versus being a city resident. Thursday, April Tim and I regrouped and discussed the two interviews, their intersections and diversions. That night, I was also fortunate to meet a William and Mary Police Officer named Nancy who overheard me talking about the WDP with friends and seemed very interested in sharing her experience. She told me she worked Thursdays and Sundays at the Library, but unfortunately I could not locate her last night. I plan to call the police station and make contact about a possible interview. Unfortunately Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 18-20, were not productive for me, but today, Tim and I sat down again to discuss exactly how we see our project being formed. We think we are going to contrast modern experiences with those from the archive. We are also going to discuss memory formation from a psychological perspective. We also contacted six other students over email that grew up here in Williamsburg. These names were given to us by Ashley Pinney and she seemed optimistic about their participation.

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