Preliminary Interview Questions

Life History:

–      As a teen growing up in Williamsburg, where did you spend most of your time? How have these places changed?

–      Which high school did you attend? Were there multiple? How does having multiple high schools affect the presence of a “teenage community” growing up in Williamsburg?

–      What was your, and possibly your peers, regard of William and Mary growing up? Was there a noticeable dynamic between Williamsburg teens and William and Mary students of similar age?


–       Brief background of children: age, names, etc. Where do they go to high school? Where do they typically “hang out?” Do they feel that there exists in Williamsburg a place that they are welcome to meet up with friends?  Do they frequent New Town? Have they ever had any stand-out experiences, positive or negative, there?

–       Can you recall ever feeling discriminated against as a teen in Williamsburg, in Colonial W or elsewhere? How has your relationship with this place (if it exists) changed as you’ve matured?

–       What is your regard of the teenage population in Williamsburg now? Especially regarding their presence in New Town and CW?


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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