Archive for March, 2010



Work Journal 3/22/10-3/28/10

Monday 3-22-10

Microfilm- found the articles from 1968, 1970, and 1972.  Could not find an article in 1974.

Special Collections- Williamsburg Reunion Organizational/Memorabilia

-the song sheet is in this folder that the newspaper article mentioned.

-2002 reunion schedule of events says Matthew Whaley class of 1952 is also holding the 50th reunion but it says “our reunion is not limited to that school or class”

– I found a list of names and addresses of attendees of the 2002 reunion (2002.51)

-pictures of 2002 reunion (2003.41)

-lists of people that are invited and notes about who had passed away.

 

Thursday 3-25-2010

-The first call was a bad number, the 2nd one I left a message, but on the 3rd call I talked with Frances Robb and scheduled an interview.  She said she had done interviews before for CW and she was fine with me interviewing her but also offered to have other reunion goers interview at the same time.  She didn’t seem to think she would be a very interesting interview, but I told her I wanted her personal thoughts.  We are meeting next week for the interview.

 

Friday 3-26-2010

–          Went to Special Collections today to look at the “Cynthia Barlowe and Raymond Kimbrough Collection, 1909-1966” and as I was talking to the woman working there about the Williamsburg Reunion another woman looking at something else said she was familiar with that.  I soon figured out that this was Frances Robb, the woman I called yesterday and scheduled an interview with!  We talked a bit and got to know each other a little better and I found out that she was looking into a quilt and trying to find out more about it.  I told her that I intern in the textile area of Collections at Colonial Williamsburg and am now helping her get in touch with the woman I intern with.  She was very happy and now I am really excited to interview her next week.

–          I took a look at the “Cynthia Barlowe and Raymond Kimbrough Collection, 1909-1966” but it was very small and had some play programs for Matthew Whaley and a picture of the cast.

Work Journal 2

WDP Work Journal 2

Tuesday March 23, 2010: As I mentioned in my journal last week, the activities that are available to the residents of gated communities within Williamsburg are of great interest to me. After doing some research I decided to send a second e-mail to Kathy Borchert, the head of the Kingsmill Community Association office. She responded fairly quickly, advising me to stop by her office to pick up some current newsletters. I tried to find similar offices associated with Ford’s Colony and Governor’s Land. I hope to get my hands on March/April newsletters from each of the three neighborhoods so that I can compare what each offers its residents in terms of “community activity”.  I also called John Womeldorf, the author/founder of MrWilliamsburg.com. Mr. Womeldorf has been very responsive to the work I have done thus far… I knew I wanted to sit down and formally interview the blogger/real estate agent. He seemed very open to setting up an interview. I promised I would send him some dates by the end of the week.

Wednesday March 24, 2010: I was very excited to find that Drew Mulhare, head of development in Ford’s Colony, commented on my blog. As Mulhare has served as both general manager and president of Ford’s Colony, he would be a pretty awesome source for my project. Luckily, he seemed very willing to help me with my project. Mulhare mentioned that he had connections with people that could help me with several aspects of my research, including the issue of race relations within the gated community. Although he said he would be on family leave until the 30th, I send him a quick thank you for his participation. I look forward to speaking with him next week. I also set up a meeting with Professor Bickham Mendez for Monday, March 29th.  She asked that I bring a bibliography to our meeting.

Thursday March 25, 2010: I e-mailed Caroline Hanley, an urban studies professor that Bickham Mendez referred me to. I plan to meet with her Tuesday, March 30th at 3pm. I plan to ask her most specifically about community planning.

Friday, March 26th, 2010: I spent some time on Jstor, looking for articles dealing with gated communities for background information. I found some really interesting articles, including

The Edge and the Center: Gated Communities and the Discourse of Urban Fear Setha M. Low

Members Only: Gated Communities and Residential Segregation in the Metropolitan United States Elena Vesselinov

Urban Connections: A Course Linking College Students to the Community Jill C. Dardig

‘Good’ and ‘Real’ Places: A Geographical-Moral Critique of Territorial Place-Making

America, the Gated? Andrew Stark

I also e-mailed Cortney Langley, a journalist for the Virginia Gazette. Drew Mulhare recommended that I speak with her for Homeowner’s Association references. She responded quickly, telling me that she had already seen our blog and e-mailed Professor Knight about it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010: Set up an interview with Mr. Womeldorf for April 1st during our classtime. I promised that I would send him my questions by that Tuesday night. I also told Morgan that I would index for her on April 5th. She is interviewing a woman who has lived in Williamsburg for over 40 years… I am excited to hear about her experience in Williamsburg in the 1960s and 1970s (periods of development).

Monday, March 28, 2010: Meeting with Professor Bickham Mendez

Work Journal 1

Friday, 3/19/10 – after work at 5pm I went to New Town to attempt to make preliminary contact with officials. However, the building was closed. To take advantage of my time there, however, I stuck around to do some observation. I sat near the movie theater, where there were a few small groups of teenagers hanging out and interacting. Although it was dinnertime none of the groups I was watching went into any restaurants while I was there. They were communicating between themselves but keeping relatively quiet and not running, biking, or skateboarding. There was a police car that was driving around and eventually stopped in front of the teens, but he did not leave his car. Eventually the groups left the area in front of the theater, whether just to move on or to get dinner I’m not sure.

Saturday, 3/20/10 – called Sun Trust building and left a message, haven’t heard back. Plan on going in there next week to really start setting up some interviews.

This week: Not my best for research, affected by some personal issues at home. Going to get through this weekend and really get down to work next week. Next week I hope to:

  • Contact Prof. Taylor, see if she would be willing to speak with me about ageism—particularly with regards to racism. Hopefully she may have something to say about punishment outside of schools in addition to her research of it within.
  • SET UP INTERVIEW TIME WITH NORA KNIGHT! She will be a great resource not only to begin to understand teen life currently but also in possibly getting in contact with other teens.
  • Get the information of Taylor’s roommate who grew up in town recently.
  • Look into older interviews—President Sullivan etc. about teen life in Williamsburg historically.
  • Go to New Town—speak with officials and try to set up an interview time.
  • Continue going through “New Town” boxes at Special Collections.

I’ve got a lot to accomplish in the upcoming weeks but I am confident and excited about the shape my project has taken even without the dedicated focus it warrants.

Work Journal, 3/22

Our group interview with Anne Charity prior to Spring Break provided some excellent insight as I began to undertake newly focused research, centering on notions of Alternative Education and the Academy of Life and Learning.

For one, her discussion of her attendance of St. Catherine’s school in Richmond encouraged me to think about how religious schools, such as Walsingham academy may interact with issues of alternative education in Williamsburg.  She mentioned her parent’s concerns about tracking in the public schools and their methods of finding alternative methods appropriate for her children.

In terms of tracking, she also illuminated the issue of speech discrimination in public schools, and referenced the different “edges of exceptionality” which must be negotiated in any education system.  She mentioned that teachers often use “markers of engagement” which are not necessarily cross-cultural to assess students.   Her discussions encouraged me to consider how teacher assessment according to hegemonic norms can discriminate along gradients of of race, gender, language, class, and essentially set up some students for failure.

Following class, I was able to talk to Professor Charity about some of the projects her students in the Community Studies program are doing. She mentioned that two in particular might be particularly interesting to me, and that I should come to their presentations.

3/15- Upon returning from Spring Break, I made contact with Professor Charity about the dates of the presentations, and discovered they were not until late in April.

3/16- Professor Knight provided an article from Sept 22, 2007 of the Virginia Gazette

Entitled “Lost plans delay alt-ed academy: Won’t open until November”, the article was about the delayed opening of ALL.  Though it was supposed to open the week the article was published,the site plans for the school were sent to Richmond office of Department of Conservation and Recreation, but never made it to the Tappahannock  office for approval, delaying the opening of the school on the site at Eastern State Hospital. It also discusses how the Academy was intended to “replace the controversial Center for Educational Opportunities while a permanent curriculum,” and notes that its objective was “to give long-term suspended or expelled students a chance to get back on track.” At the time only 8 students were enrolled in the school, and using home-based programs while looking for a facility.  The school was slated to lease 1-1/4 acres for 2, 718/ year.

From this – I really want to figure out what the Center for Educational Opportunities is, and the controversy about that, as I feel it will be relevant to understanding the emergence of ALL.

Professor Knight also provided me information about a public forum for a school board budget approval meeting occurring that night.  I attended the meeting

A variety of representatives of different activist groups in the area were there

Dr. John Whitley spoke first , representing no group, but he did make interesting mention of the need for good public schools, saying that charter schools undermined the public school base (referencing the 60s).  It might be interesting to see what I can uncover about charter schools in Williamsburg, and how they have shaped the discourse on alternative education.

Susan Whitley spoke next, representing United Way, praising the work at the dropout prevention summit, and the existence of community programs, including school based mentoring and programs for homeless children.  She encouraged the School Board to maintain funding for these programs

Loretta Hannom also advocated for at-risk populations and emphasized the need for student support, which she saw undermined by the cut to teacher assistant positions and increased class sizes.

Bill Bryant moved for the protection of programs for struggling children and emphasized the significance of literacy programs, particularly for early childhood.  Here, first specific mention of ALL was made as he praised the superintendent for retaining all and suggested that it needed to be maintained as a pilot program when times were better.  He also suggested a transfer of uncommitted funds to the support of such programs.

Clarence Williams then represented the NAACP advocated small class sizes, adequate pre-k education, focus on reading comprehension and math in early years .  He emphasized the notion that those who start behind stay behind. He articulated a hope that ALL would one day not be needed and that the methods the Academy used would be integrated into the mainstream.

Lois Hornsby spoke as well, remphasizing many of the calls for “innovative financing” and the maintenance of programs like all in combatting drop-out rates.

Beth Hong, I though made an interesting point in that she mentioned the lack of adequate data assessment. She mentioned that a cohort report alluded to still growing drop-out rates.  She also mentioned that ALL was reinstated in the budget, which is a decision I am interested to know more about.

I have the agenda from the meeting, and am looking into acquiring a transcription if one exists, because I was unable to get take notes as quickly as people were speaking (given 3 minute time slots)

In any case, I would like to explore more on the School Board website to see what I can find about past meetings, past reports, and the actual budget subject to approval.

3/18 – Group interview of Professor Jennifer Taylor, for the sake of  class time and the prospect fully addressing the focus of my project with Professor Taylor, who will be a wonderful resource, I opted out of the group interview in favor of a one-on-one at a later point.

Nonetheless, hearing the  interview was rather enlightening and will provide a good framework for shaping our later meeting.

She gave some interesting statistics on discipline, saying that

600 kids are suspended a year, 90% of these suspensions are for being rude and skipping class

She posited a socioeconomic and racial dynamic to these write ups, mentioning that 52% of black girls and 53% of black boys are written up- here we might see the issues of tracking alluded to by Professor Charity

She mentioned that Williamsburg deliberately obscures poverty and the racism prevalent in this poverty ( 13- 20% of kids in poverty, these are largely black).  In the process of obscuring, she elaborates upon issues of data – pointing out that the Multicultural Affairs report shows a narrative of progress, with racial gaps in achievement closing, but she contends that the progress is minimal, and the data shows that the closing of the gap won’t occur until long down the road.

She also makes interesting an interesting connection between food in schools and discipline, asserting that unhealthy food contributes to discipline problems.

Furthermore, she mentions the interplay of language in drop-out rates, asserting that Spanish speakers drop out at a higher rater contributing to the 70 kids each year that are dropping out.

Intrigued by the implications of these components for shaping the need for and success of ALL, I spoke to Professor Taylor after class and got her contact information for arranging an interview.

3/21

I emailed Professor Taylor about arranging an interview for the 29th, if possible

3/22

I ran into Professor Taylor and she mentioned receiving the email and predicting availability for the 29th, suggested I send another to remind her and possibly call her as well

I sent another email to Professor Charity asking for the contact information of the students doing projects relevant to ALL

Upon receiving a prompt reply, I emailed both of these students about the possibility of meeting to discuss their research and possibly suggestions for people to contact or resources to procure

Need to Do

Look further into school board website

Contact the principal of ALL

Look into VA Gazette archives, finding more articles about ALL

Possibly look into Swem Special collections – I know there is a collection about desegregation in the schools which might help to frame the racial tracking issues that have evolved since.  This investigation might be better saved for after I have a better basic framework about all, so I can better pick out the relevant information

3/23 – realized that though I hit Save Draft, rather than Publish on this work journal…. well played, me.

Work Journal #1

Pre-Spring Break: I’ve been in contact with the Marketing Director at Williamsburg Landing, a Mr. Whitehead.  I was surprised that when I contacted him two weeks ago, he responded right away. I honestly wasn’t expecting this, and so it took me a while to reply because I kind of e-mailed him on a whim, not expecting to get a reply and having to move onto the next source.

Spring Break: I informed Mr. Whitehead over Spring Break that I would be on break, and that midterms were the week after. He told me to e-mail him back and we would set up a mutual time after these two weeks.

So as a disclaimer, this week wasn’t that productive, unfortunately. I had midterms, as well as being in charge of a philanthropy event all week for my sorority. This upcoming week will be about ten times more productive.

Tuesday, March 16th: Went on the Swem Databases and pulled articles about retirement communities. I wasn’t able to really read these articles in-depth, but I know one of them focuses on a retirement community’s relationship with a college nearby, which I think would help me understand the dynamic of Williamsburg’s older population’s relationship with the College. One article focuses on the demand for CCRC’s in the future because of the baby boom population getting older.

Wednesday, March 17th: Developed potential interviewee questions, so that when I do interview someone, I know what I’m going to ask. Brainstormed about more people that I could use as resources/more places I could look for information.

Thursday, March 18th: Last night was St. Patrick’s Day. Need I say more?

Monday, March 22nd: Drafted e-mail to Mr. Whitehead at Williamsburg Landing to find a mutual date to meet for an interview and sent it out.  Still waiting for a reply. The e-mail explained the ‘Deed of Gift,’ and explained my project further and potential subjects I wish to talk about in the interview.  Hopefully, I will have an interview set up in the next two weeks!

In the past week, I’ve been keeping my eye open for advertisements for retirement communities. As I write this, one just popped up on my TV! I’ve been clipping ads out of magazines like Williamsburg’s “Next Door Neighbor” (which I receive at my apartment). I’m focusing on the language in these ads and the slogans, as marketing techniques.

This upcoming week should be A LOT more productive. My sorority does a lot of community service at Spring Arbor, so in addition to helping out in the Williamsburg community, I could also use that to make contacts and learn more about another retirement community.

 To Do:

 – Set up a definite interview time with Mr. Whitehead at Williamsburg Landing

– Go to my internship and see if anyone has the time to talk to me about how they feel about Williamsburg as a retirement community

– Go to Special Collectionsà want to find old phone books and look at ads for retirement in them. See how it has evolved over time.

– Make initial contact with people who I think would be good sources

– Go to Spring Arbor

Weekly Journal Entries

Work Journal for 3-22

Tuesday:  researched more extensively my long list of bands from Myspace who have identified themselves as being a part of Williamsburg; contacted a couple very briefly.  Ordered:  The Internet as a Diverse Community:  Cultural, Organizational, and Political Issues (http://www.amazon.com/Internet-Diverse-Community-Organizational-Telecommunications/dp/0805824898/ref=tmm_pap_title_0) .  This looks to be an excellent source, and one that should be extremely informative for my project, or at the very least, one which will help me probe deeper some of the fundamental issues surrounding the prevalence and establishment of virtual communities, as it were.
Wednesday:  searched through the sources provided to us by Amy Schindler.  trolled through databases.
Thursday:  As I prepared e-mails to Brendan Reed (a former Williamsburg, VA resident, also formerly of Arcade Fire) and my friend Danny M., I decided to go back and look through some of the WDP procedures and such in order to get accustomed and prepared to create properly outlined correspondence.  i’ve been looking a lot at web sites lately.  like this one http://www.villavillanola.com/artists/no-cars-go/ .  it’s the No Cars Go page on Brendan Reed’s music exchange web site Villa Villa Nola.  How exactly does the internet establish these communities I’ve been talking so much about?  If indeed the web site is one vehicle, then how does Villa Villa Nola, for example, succeed in engaging and interacting with its audience?  Is it a democratic or hierarchical experience?

Friday:  walked to where the latest iteration of the Williamsburg Plan 9 Records store just closed down.  Professor Knight had mentioned to me that this had happened, and I can’t say i was surprised, but I think that this news would provide a perfect object for future analysis.  I spoke briefly with a young, Goth(ish) looking couple who pulled in front of the store and looked rather solemn when they read the closed sign and noticed the empty space behind it.  They were from “a couple towns over.”  Interesting chat.
Saturday:  looked over my email to Brendan Reed.  Can’t find his e-mail address (did Prof. Knight say he had it?).  In any case, I could always just send it to his music site’s web-based query contact submission form, which is here http://www.villavillanola.com/villa-villa-nola/write-us/ . Trying to decide who else to interview; I really liked a lot of what Barry Trott had to say in our practice interviews…
Sunday:  Spoke with my friend Danny Michel who works for WCWM.  I think i would like to do an interview with him or with one of his colleagues.  Checked out their web site for awhile http://web.wm.edu/so/wcwm/ (they seem to have changed it quite a deal since pre-spring break), and listened to my buddy’s podcast.  The WCWM has an established following and it would be nice to see how they think their operations have changed since the inception of a web site and online broadcasting (they’ve got Twitter too! ahh!) .  Also realized today that there is another radio station in town, an AM station, that has been here for quite awhile, the Friends’ Station, or something to that effect (I noticed the sign on Richmond Rd. as I was driving home one day).  Will have to investigate this further; maybe talk to someone there?
Monday:  sent out e-mails for the week to Reed and my friend.  awaiting responses…  finished the Amato readings for this week–>Ideas of physical geography and different approaches to regional map-making and boundary establishment had me thinking about their application to my project on virtual communities established around music.

Anticipation

I feel like the major theme in the preliminary research I was engaged in this week was anticipation. I was able to set up interviews and kind of probe people for initial preparation, but was not actually able to engage in and perform any oral history, which was kind of frustrating. On the flip side, I feel like these extended exchanges which happened between me and the few contacts I am developing taught me the value of preparation on a narrator’s life story, and also really allowed me to emphasize just how useful developing a casual rapport with a potential interviewee can be. I also kind of developed the jitters after confirming my first interview, so I spent a significant portion of time reviewing the handbook and the guidelines for oral history just to make sure I didn’t mess things up really bad.

The week started off kind of slow as I was still recovering from getting my wisdom teeth removed and settling into the process of a firm commitment to daily research. So, on Monday I just listened to This American Life’s “Rest Stop” for the second time and reviewed the WDP handbook, trying to get a firm basis for what I would be involved in the rest of the week. This got me pretty jazzed, and so I finally sat down and contacted Cortney Langley, which is an absolutely invaluable resource that Professor Knight had contacted initially. Cortney is a staff writer for the Virginia Gazette whom had written several articles about the experience and the function of the J1 program in Williamsburg, and from searching the archives of several newspapers, seems to be the journalistic expert on this phenomenon in our region. She was not only incredibly well researched in the topic, but was also very willing to offer assistance and information, including two reports she had previously written. I shot her an e-mail asking for any additional sources and contacted, and asked her if she would be willing to sit down for a longer interview. I was really excited when I saw her credentials and her response to Professor Knight, so it was a good way to start the week. That night I was also pretty engrossed in trying to finalize my transcript for Andy’s interview, so I did not get as much research done as I probably could have.

That Tuesday and Wednesday I spent a bit of time perusing through the archives of the Gazette trying to find more articles regarding the J1 program, but it seemed to me that Cortney’s articles were the main discussion regarding its full implications and impact. I spent one hot minute poking around the Virginia Pilot as well, but definitely need to do a more thorough search of that publication. On Wednesday I also decided to do a bit of participant observation and finally spend some time at Alizé and hopefully meeting some of the regulars. My friend Beth had let me know that a group of young kids involved with Moon Light Productions comes by these weekly on Wednesday, so it seemed like a good lead. I wanted to try and just see if this atmosphere would be conducive to meeting potential interviewee’s or gleaming something of the experience of living here. There were some folks which Beth had previously talked to and had let her know that they had come here for their summer on the J1 program, and I had really light casual conversation with a few, but unfortunately another person from Hampton was having a birthday party that night which had a cover charge in a back room f the bar, so the bar was packed, and I didn’t have another chance to even have a conversation or introduce myself. Eventually I just felt really awkward and overwhelmed by the noise, and left.

I kind of felt disappointed by this experience. I definitely felt out of my element, but this was mainly due to the other party that was going on and the fact I couldn’t really move around the bar area. Beth let me know that normally it is not quite that insane, and I think it would be valuable to go back and at least introduce myself to a few key folk in person. Beth is friends with some of the folk and actually mentioned my name to her friends Stefano and Jorge, and his girlfriend, and so I think meeting them in person, at the bar, with Beth present would allow me to strike up a conversation in a very non-intimidating way. She said they would be willing to talk, however one concern I have is that she said Stefano said he would be willing to “give me the sob story.” I think maybe she explained my project a bit differently than I would have, but I am sure that this can be overcome with different rhetoric.

The rest of the week I slacked off a bit, which I still need to make up for. I tried to find some online reports from the State Department explaining the J1 program, but hit a wall. I think I might ask my father, who actually works for them, for any advice or guidance in finding governmental reports. I was able to find a public, open Facebook group for both Moon Light Entertainment and Jorge Photography, both run by Brazilian J1 participants, and so I joined them for updates on parties and events that are being hosted by their production company. I even got invited to one last Sunday night, but to my chagrin I had to be out of town and just had too much homework in other courses to make it out to a bar. However, I think this is promising and hopefully can make it to an event to meet people that either Beth has talked to or I have had some communication with on the internet.

My week ended on a really high note when Cortney contacted me back after returning from her vacation and agreed to nit only pass on sources with contact information, but participate in an interview herself. I tentatively scheduled one for next Thursday, after I have time to send her the Deed of Gift and review the process and purpose and all through e-mail correspondence. She seemed very excited and willing to talk, noting that she knows what it’s like to get turned down for an interview. I think interviewing the interviewer in the infancy of my project, much like Studs Terkel, will give some essential insight for how to approach this specific issue, and what ways are best to not only make inroads as a participant in this community, but also how to respect the situation, dignity, and struggle of those involved in the J1 program.

My major goals for next week are to whip my ass into shape and spend a significant amount of time in the archive. I want to find more journalistic sources and definitely get more official sources, like government reports that I really need to get the master narrative surrounding these issues. I also need to make sure to do the follow ups for my potential interviews. As for new contacts, I need to send out some initial e-mails to people I have made no contact with before Wednesday and then hopefully be able to got and meet some potential sources in person at Alizé in a much more controlled setting with Beth. This should be an exciting week, if I can whip myself into shape.

Work Journal

Tuesday, 3.16.2010

Did online research concerning membership fees for the different amenities within Governor’s Land, Ford’s Colony, and Kingsmill especially. I work in a small shop in Merchants Square a couple of days a week and worked with a recently hired woman, Jennifer Bryant, for the first time on Tuesday. She has lived in Williamsburg for her entire life. She lived in Kingsmill as a young girl, and seemed to have some great insight into Williamsburg. I told her about our class, and am hoping that she will talk with me about my project more formally.

Wednesday, 3.17.2010

E-mailed Mark Soderberg, the membership director at Two Rivers Country Club, which is located within Governor’s Land.  We talked a few weeks ago, but would like to visit Governor’s Land within the next week and would like to ask him a few questions before sitting down and doing a more formal interview. Was driving with a friend and we randomly drove past Ford’s Colony. We tried to get through the gate to check out the neighborhood, but didn’t know where to say we were going. The security guard told us we needed a more specific reason or the name of a contact to get into the neighborhood.

Thursday, 3.18.2010

While flipping through an old Kingsmill Community Services Association from May 2005, I came across a couple of groups that I thought would provide great insight into my topic. The Kingsmill Women’s Social Club took up an entire page of the bulletin, as they had a variety of programs to promote. Throughout the month of May, the club hosted five events across Williamsburg. The Kingsmill Singles Social Club was another really interesting group that I came across. They hosted four events throughout May, yet these events only took place in Kingsmill.  I unfortunately could not find too much information online about the two groups, but did e-mail Kathy Borchert, who is head of the front office at the Kingsmill Community Services Association. If I do not hear back from her this week I plan to visit her office and find out more information about these clubs.

Friday, 3.19.2010

Found some really interesting books on the rise of gated communities in America. Fortress America, Gated Communities in the United States by Edward Blakley and Behind the Gates: Life, Security, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America were two titles that immediately caught my attention. Unfortunately, neither Swem nor the Williamsburg Regional Library carried the books. Googlebooks provided a pretty long preview of the Blakely novel. I plan on investing in one of the pieces!

Saturday, 3.20.2010

After reviewing the WDP procedures concerning interviews and contacting various individuals, I have narrowed down a list of people that I hope to interview and/or simply contact to get feedback or information in the next two weeks

  • John Womeldorf, author of Mr. Williamsburg blog
  • Professor Bickham-Mendez, has been working on a project on gated communities  for the past few years
  • Linda Kinsman-Realtor referred by Janet Thrall (contact of Sarah Glosson’s), Kinsman is head of Prudential Realty’s Realtor Association
  • Dick Ford, Chairman of Ford’s Colony-Ford’s insight into the neighborhood would be invaluable yet I am yet to find his contact info

Sunday, 3.21.2010

Did nothing

Monday, 3.22.2010

Left messages for both Mark Soderberg and John Womeldorf after receiving e-mails from them asking me to call them to talk. Hope to hear from them tomorrow or Wednesday.

Work Journal [in progress]

Work Journal Notes

[Some notes are in my written work journal and will add more notes once typed]

*Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16

Tasks undertaken: Look at Kevin Leslie and Jacob Charron’s past Williamsburg Documentary Projects’; go on D-Space and review the interview with Bobby Hornsby

Overall time spent: 2 hours

Notes: on the interview conducted by Kevin Leslie on May 2, 2007 (3-4 PM) with Bobby Hornsby, and John Heck was the indexer.

–      Growing up: Born in 1952, “Baby Boomer generation”, went to Matthew Whaley School, father on Board of Visitors, went to a prep school in Connecticut, went to college at University of Virginia

–      Charlottesville vs. Williamsburg entertainment: Charlottesville- 3x Williamsburg and W&M, through the 60s W&M/Williamsburg and UVA/Charlottesville got “pretty much the same music scene”, more of a regional music scene in Charlottesville (stronger fraternity system with private houses), both got same level of national acts

–      Music/concerts at William and Mary: at the College, William and Mary Hall built, which “ushered in the era of Seventies rock concerts”, starting getting more influx of national rock acts, good location; fall of ’71 saw: Traffic, The Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead twice; most memorable scene at William and Mary Hall- Jefferson Starship, but another good concert was The Police; concerts remembered from mid-60s: Wilson Pickett, the Beach Boys, The 5th Dimension, The Byrds played in Adair Gym (Sam the Sham the Pharaoh was the opening act)

–      Quote: “My musical time was, you know, late Sixties, into the Seventies. Some people think the Seventies were basically the end of the Sixties, that music, the decades didn’t go in even numbers. You know, the Fifties kind of went up into The Beatles, by ’63. Then the rock of that time probably went up into the mid-Seventies when disco came and killed that to another level, I mean that’s, anyway…”

–      Memories of the Williamsburg music scene (childhood):Dad bought him old Kay guitar and Mel Bay chord book and he started playing; was in local band (played organ) called The Gentlemen; bass player for Love Minus Zero

–      Involvements with the local music scene and local bands: British Invasion musical/early rock bands- The Lost Souls, The Jolly Rogers, Danny and the Dellnuts, the Sheep Herders International Trade Union (SHIT) would play (in town)

–      View on changing dynamics in music (local and national): starting in ‘66/’67, during time when Motown was huge, there was a “national trend, you’ve probably heard about it, but it was true here too, everybody listened to the same music. There was no genre music, so there was no metal, there was no… all the different types there are now, no alternative. So one radio station played The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and The Supremes, and The Four Tops, and The Beach Boys, and blah, blah, blah. So you’d hear, the separation really didn’t start until the early Seventies, so it was also… that meant everybody knew all of the music, so there was a real unanimity of spirit. When you played tunes people knew them, everybody knew what you were playing.”

  • Now fragmentation of music styles; can cause difficulties booking acts and appealing to different groups and genres

–      Infrastructures that make a music scene possible

–      Role of the College in fostering or hindering the development of a local music scene

–      Why the music scene might have declined

*Wednesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 18

Tasks undertaken: background research of my four potential contacts: Bruce Hornsby, Cabot Wade, Same Eure and Brad Squires.

Overall time spent: 2 ½- 3 hours

Notes:

  • Bruce Hornsby
  • Cabot Wade
  • Same Eure
  • Brad Squires

[Notes will be added- needs to be typed up from work journal notes]

*Friday, March 19

Tasks undertaken: make a to-do list and goal setting for next week; contact/update the music group- plan to meet at 10:40 on Tuesday before class

Time Spent: 30 minutes

To Do:

  • Email Andy and Steve and plan time to divide up the material Professor Knight gave me
  • Discuss contacts and see if we have overlap
  • Read Rethinking Home (Map Diary assignment coming up)
  • Read my secondary sources

Goal-setting for the week:

  • Communicate with at least one of my contacts and set and get an interview lined up
  • Start researching contact, more extensively, and planning out my interview questions  and topics
  • Read Rethinking Home (and Map Diary Project coming up)
  • Make a trip to Special Collections, look at the boxes I listed in my bibliography 2

Work Journal 3/22/10

*time spent researching this past week was kind of sparse*
Thursday 3/18/10
Continued reading in “Diary of a Williamsburg Hostess”
Sunday 3/21/10
Looked up information online on the Colonial Williamsburg website—just general background on the goals of the taverns and how they are presented on the website. They called it dining in the 18th century. The website gives two categories of researching somewhere to eat in Williamsburg: the 21st century style experience and the 18th century experience.
This coming week’s goals:
Plan to contact Susannah Livingston’s sister who worked in a tavern sometime this week to begin initial set up of a possible interview.
Plan to further explore the Order of the White Jacket records in Swem’s special collections
Visit the Colonial Williamsburg archives (both online and at the library)

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