Archive for April, 2010



Work Journal #6, 4/26/10

Tuesday 4/20/10
Worked on transcription of Susannah Livingston’s interview
Emailed Kathy Wooldridge again to try and set up a time to meet next week

Wednesday 4/21/10
Heard back from Kathy Wooldridge, and set up a time to meet next Monday 4/26/10 at Newtown Coffee and Tea
Began to set up prepare for interview: sent out email for indexers, print out materials, think about questions…

Thursday 4/22/10
Began writing the headings for my interviews
Continued to work on transcription for Livingston interview

Friday 4/23/10
Did nothing

Saturday 4/24/10
Completed interview questions for Wooldridge interview

Sunday 4/25/10
Did nothing

Monday 4/26/10
Interview with Kathy Wooldridge

Plans this week:
Need to significantly analyze and my secondary research—somehow make a thesis and put it all together in my head
Finish the transcription for Livingston Interview and get all my headings done for my other interviews
Going to begin writing my final project

Week of April 26, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

1. corresponded with Catherine White about a possible interview with Scott Grafton, who was in the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps

2. looked through Virginia Gazette microfilm

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1. called Scott Grafton at Ironbound Gym.  He definitely seems interested in an interview.  He said he would call me back once he figures out a time when he is available.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

1. called Catherine White about an interview with her sister.  Turns out her sister does not want to go on the record.  Fortunately, she gave me another potential contact.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

1. called Dorothy Wing and set up an interview.  She also gave me her sister’s number.

Friday, April 23, 2010

1. called Dorothy Wing’s sister and left a message.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

1. began transcribing Catherine White interview.

2. looked through Virginia Gazette microfilm

Work Journal; 4-26-10

4-19

Interview this morning with Pat McCormick – executive director of the Grove Community Outreach Center. We had a great talk about her move to the Grove area (just east of Busch Gardens) ten years ago with her husband to begin a community church. We discussed their work ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of nearby residents, focusing mainly on the work of the Center with regards to food and nutrition. A real informational interview, I’m glad to have had this opportunity to talk with her and get some perspective on how a food bank works in Williamsburg, as well as some knowledge of the people who need that kind of assistance in the local area.

4-20

Internet research and interview topic/question compilation for Thumper Newman. Interview scheduled at his house tomorrow at 11:00.

4-21

Interviewed Thumper Newman about his founding and continued work (every day but Christmas day) with local food-rescue charity, “A Gift From Ben.” Some numbers to chew over. As he has to make monthly reports to the Food Bank of the VA Peninsula, he keeps data on his food pick-up and patronage. On average, he picks up about 800,000 pounds of food a year from seven local grocery stores. Valued (conservatively) at $3 per pound, that’s almost $2.5 million dollars of food waste a year. This food would be thrown out if he didn’t pick it up between 6:00 and 9:00 AM every day. The stores write off the unsold goods (that would go into the dumpster otherwise) as tax-deductible donations, and increasingly large numbers (over the last several years at least) of Williamsburg residents struggling to make ends meet get food to eat – about 2500 people each week, about 1200 of which represent families.

4-22

Indexed interview with Denise Corbett.

Thinking about my schedule the rest of the semester. I originally planned on indexing and transcribing all of my interviews. Then a close (and very smart) friend told me that, in no uncertain terms, this was pretty dumb and would completely consume my last two week window of spending time with anyone that I have little chance of seeing again for a long time. This made sense. So. Plan now is to index all of them in as in-depth and helpful a manner as possible. Good headnotes and indices – hopefully this will make any of the material I collected accessible to future researchers.

4-23

Watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – On this week’s show, he met with representatives from two local hospitals – the major institutions in Marshall, WVA with the kind of financial and administrative support necessary to make his efforts sustainable. This gets at the reality of the kinds of community networks and connections that are absolutely intrinsic to achieve any hope of a successful community health model. Finance seems to be the primary issue. Without it, grassroots and volunteer efforts can only go so far. Once that has been achieved, however, the next step – community health change – seems to be the much harder process. In my interview with Mrs. Corbett, she outlined SHIP’s use of the ‘community health change model’ which outlines a continuum of readiness for change. Over time (lots of time), the goal is to achieve aggregate changes in attitudes towards healthy eating. After this, the hope is that individuals go on and alter their personal values to align with these new attitudes. After values comes the big jump to actual behavior change (dependent on the possibilities for change – money and time primarily). Once changes in behavior are achieved across a community, it then takes about a decade to see the resultant health benefits become realities – lower BMI, Diabetes rates decreasing, etc… It seems like there are two necessities to this model. One is the cultural – the way we all talk about, think about, relate to, and use food in (hopefully) healthier ways. The other is material. Without the funds, without the time, without the infrastructure, education, and opportunity – without equal access to all these factors among the entire population – community health change can never be successful.

4-24

Break.

4-25

One last day of rest. It all starts tomorrow.

Work Journal 4/19/10-4/25/10

Just FYI this week was insane for me so I really didn’t do any outside research other than the interviews, so next week I’ll work on looking at the reunion booklets

Monday 4-19-10

Today I interviewed Sharon Scruggs and she had a lot of great information about what it was like to live here as a child and now as an adult.  She was able to give me a younger perspective about the Williamsburg Reunion and as the main person in charge this year she had all the information about the setup this year.  I also interviewed Dr. John Marsh who grew up here but moved back.  It was interesting to find out that he never had any intentions of coming back, but is very happy that his wife suggested that they retire here.

 Friday 4-23-10

Today I indexed for Sara Grant and found out that the interview was with a man related to Carlton Casey, who is a member of the Williamsburg Reunion Committee.  I also had a very interesting interview later today at 1:00 with Lloyd Wallace.  William Carmine was in the class last year and he came along to the interview with his research partner Edith Heard.  Mr. Wallace’s wife was also there so it was a large group of us.  My part of the interview was ok, but it got much better as Mrs. Heard and Will started asking their questions because Mrs. Heard already knew Mr. and Mrs. Wallace.  I had only planned on being there for 1 ½ hours and the interview kept going and I was already really late to meet someone, so I had to go, but I left the recording equipment with them.  I learned a lot during that interview and there was a very interesting dynamic between all of us.

Work Journal Five

After my interview with Ron last week, who is clearly an insider in the J-1 community and garners some respect among its members, I finally felt I had some sort of cultural legitimacy, or had bridged some sort of gap, to finally start seriously contacting actual students who had participated in the Work and Travel program. My efforts at first getting comfortable at the periphery of this group and then introducing myself definitely paid off. Two of the people I contacted this week, Kat and Helen, both responded to my inquiries almost immediately after I mentioned Ron’s name. In fact, they both explicitly stated that it was his recommendation which led them to agree to a conversation. I think it really is a testament to how much Ron cares about the foreign students and how much time he has lent in assisting them. However, these positive contacts were not without their hitches. Both present problems for a traditional oral history interview.

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First off, although Kat is extremely willing to field questions, really passionate about the program in a nuanced way, and incredibly friendly, she currently lives in Russia. I think this problem is going to plague the rest of my research: basically, I wasn’t deeply enough involved to interview Brazilians while they were here during their summer, and the Europeans arrive basically the day after graduation. However, there are still people here who interact with the community. Luckily for me, though, Kat agreed to a typed interview, and I sent her some questions earlier this week and am waiting for a reaction.

And although most of the J-1 participants whom I could be talking to are back overseas, there are those participants who choose to stay and make a life of their own in Williamsburg. This fortuitously includes Helen, who came over using the J-1 visa for three years and now is married and living in Virginia. I am really excited to meet her for coffee tomorrow, as she will be the first actual official conversation I have with a J-1 participant. There is the issue that she does not want to record her thoughts, because she says her “English sucks,” but from what I can tell from her e-mails she is incredibly articulate and I am hoping to have a more extended discussion with her tomorrow and possibly convince her to get on tape. Hopefully I can address any concerns she has in person.

Another piece of exciting news for the week was that after much anticipation (it turned out they had deactivated after the Brazilians left), Moon Light entertainment contacted me just last night and Jorge who runs it agreed to meet. He explained to me that they are making both preparations for a website and a huge kind of welcome party for the European students. I think it would be timely to catch him before the party and converse about how he conceives of this initial party for the European students. I find the idea of “welcoming” J-1 students kind of cuts across class and authority lines in Williamsburg. Everyone I have talked to wants to welcome these students, but they have vastly different ideas of what that actually looks like. I think Moon Light’s perspective, especially compared to some of the more official narratives in town, will be particularly revealing.

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In less exciting news I contacted Bob Hershberger of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourist Alliance, who in February 2007 ran a Recruitment Forum for employers (just employers) explaining the ins-and-outs of the Work and Travel program. I am waiting for a response, but would be very intrigued to talk to him and get the kind of economic, business perspective of why and how J-1 functions in our community. These businesses seem to be the impetus, so it would be fascinating to dialogue with them. Along those lines, I decided to wait for a meeting with Helen before asking Howard, the manager of Food for Thought, to meet, but hopefully I can do that sometime this week.

As for work with secondary sources, I shifted my focus this week to doing a preliminary sweep of any representations of the housing situation for J-1 students, and found that they were numerous and very diverse. I found the website for the Pineapple Inn after professor Knight pointed me to an editorial regarding it, and the way it presents itself and performs as a hotel is fascinating. It is entirely concerned with J-1 students, as apparently most of the fading local, non-chain hotel industry is. I plan on contacting the manager who wrote the piece for the Gazette this week. As for the IHV, what Busch Gardens calls the International Housing Village, not only does it have a Facebook group, but I found mention of it several times in minutes from the Williamsburg Planning Commission, as well as references to it in several Polish blogs. The blogs were especially cool—I found myself relating very viscerally to the media and getting impacted by its informality. It was very human in a youthful way, and I really appreciated that voice and the pictures of a picnic that accompanied it.

I feel like if I just follow up on these leads it should be a pretty busy week with lots of flavor and robust discussion. I cannot wait to hear back from the voices I have been trying for weeks to build up the guts to ask to talk.

Work Journal 5

Tuesday, April 13, 2010: I sent out a bunch of e-mails to contacts. As the final weeks of classes are upon us (I can’t believe it), I am trying to meet with as many people as possible before it’s too late. Sarah referred me to her family friends who have lived in Ford’s Colony for many years, the Reids. I sent them an e-mail introducing myself and my project. I also sent an e-mail to Elizabeth White, a lawyer in town who attended law school at William and Mary. She currently practices Real Estate and Land Zoning law. I thought that she would be interesting to talk to regarding local subdivisions and their organizations. Cortney Langley, of the Virginia Gazette, referred me to Tom Page, who is the developer of Stone House. He would be an awesome person to talk to, as he is developing a “neighborhood” that will supposedly be the size of Williamsburg. Cortney was nice enough to take the time to send me a huge list of contacts regarding my project… I e-mailed a few more people that may be able to help me!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010: Very successful day! I was able to schedule two interviews, one with Elizabeth White and another with Tom Page. We are set to meet this upcoming week. I also spent some time researching my two new interviewees in preparation for the interviews. These two interviews will be awesome for my project.

Thursday, April 15, 2010: Sent out yet another e-mail, this time to Mr. Mulhare. I left him a voicemail earlier in the week and have sent him a few e-mails. I do not want to bother him, but his comments on my blog were so insightful that I have not given up hope that we can set up an interview. Talking to Mr. Mulhare is a major goal of mine. I also visited the Kingsmill facilities. It was a beautiful day, and my friend and I decided to see how hard it would be to get into the neighborhood. My friend drove, and said that we were visiting a friend. The guard let us right through. We walked around the marina, and talked to a bunch of people who were staying at the resort. The amount of amenities available is pretty impressive. People were out jet skiing, kayaking, going to the spa, etc. We drove over to Ford’s Colony next, but they would not let us in without the last name of a resident. Another aspect of gated communities that I find interesting is the “sticker” each resident has. If you live in Kingsmill or Ford’s Colony, a sticker on the side of your car (almost like a barcode), scans at the gate and lets you into the neighborhood. In a past interview, it was mentioned that these stickers create a sense of awareness, as when you are driving around Williamsburg it is obvious who lives where. This will be interesting to explore in my paper.

Friday, April 16, 2010: Spent a few hours doing research on the development of gated communities in Williamsburg. I am starting to plan an outline for my paper (finally). This outline should definitely guide my questions for next week’s interviews.

Sunday, April 18, 2010: Finished reading Fortress America: Gated Communities in the United States by Edward Blakely

Work Journals 5

TUESDAY:  Rifled through some sources online.  Used Google’s news archive function to come up with this:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/24/ruckus_napster_niu/ and this:  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2008/10/143_33096.html .  The first article looks at online downloading, which is something I need to focus on even more.  The second article is just an example of an international star who transcended the geographical constraints of her phsycial Korean home by advertising and making available for download her music on the internet.

WEDNESDAY:  Brad Squires interview.  Went extremely well.  Looking forward to working with some of the ideas he expressed about the evolution of some social trends amongst the 17-25 yr old Williamsburg resident/student subset.  He gave us three contacts with numbers.  Our music group has more contacts at this point than we know how to handle–not a bad predicament to be in!

THURSDAY:  Read some more pieces from Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual.  Certainly been a valuable resource.  Also delved into Amato again (it would be interesting if I could integrate some of his compelling theoretical frameworks–perhaps use some of the geographic-centered ideas as a jumping-block/point of contrast with some of the trends I’m beginning to see.

FRIDAY:  My band decided to bag our big benefit show (as one of the members ran into an unavoidable, unforeseen scheduling conflict).  We’re still trying to perform (maybe at my fraternity).  This whole process (including the ultimate semi-failure) has really demonstrated to me just how truly difficult and exhausting it can be to get people organized behind an instance of musical exchange in this town.

SATURDAY:  Tried to find the contacts Bobby had mentioned to me in passing, but I can’t find the one who worked at Plan 9.  I’d really love to speak with him/her, but unfortunately, I never got the details.  Having some trouble getting in touch with Bobby on facebook–will just wait until Tuesday’s class.

SUNDAY:  Confirmed Danny Michel interview finally;  we’re going to hold it on the afternoon of this upcoming Wednesday.  Should be a very informative session.  Definitely need to squeeze a few contacts out of him.  Though it’s cutting it close, there’s always time for another interview!  Met Sarah’s husband, Lee Welch, as I was dropping off a kit at the College Apartments.  We spoke briefly–really nice guy and sounds like he’d be interested in speaking a little about his job as a musically minded and musically employed individual familiar with Williamsburg.

MONDAY:  Beginning to get my materials together in one place.  Brainstorming/briefly outlining some possible angles for my paper.

Work Journal #5

Monday, April 12th

More time spent at Swem looking through phone books for adds pre-1960s. 

Tuesday, April 13th

Meet with Professor Knight and Sarah after class to discuss my project.  Told them I found interest in the Williamsburg Pottery as well! 

Contacted Mrs. Nancy Hess by phone.  She is a woman who has retired in Williamsburg and has been here for 17 years (I believe this is what she told me on the phone).  I am going to conduct the interview at her house on Wednesday, April 21, so I think this will be interesting to get off campus and talk with someone in an different environment where they may be more comfortable.  We talked for a little bit on the phone, and I reassured her that this was for oral history purposes and she wouldn’t need any concrete data, which I think made her more comfortable about doing the interview. 

Wednesday, April 14th

I conducted my first interview with Mr. Jim Coomer, the current president of the Christopher Wren Association.  I wanted to find out more about the CWA’s relationship with Williamsburg, the College, and how it has changed over the years as more people have come to retire in Williamsburg. We did the interview in the basement of Swem at 12 pm.  I was a little nervous for my first interview, but I think it went really well.  While I only planned for it to run about 45 minutes so I could make it to my next class, it went about 1 hr 15 minutes, so I ended up missing my class. Oh well!  One lesson learned (at least for me): Don’t expect to put time constraints on interviews.

I found out a lot of really interesting information from Mr. Coomer on the CWA, and also, the type of individual that tends to retire in Williamsburg.  He informed me that one of the key reasons he decided to retire here ten years ago was because of the ongoing opportunity for education at W&M and because of the many things to do.  I really left this interview feeling as though the ‘retirement’ concept of this town is so misunderstood, especially among younger people.  I also feel as though older individuals are so insightful and really interesting to listen to.  While he does not live in a retirement community, he told me his father-in-law is very pleased with Williamsburg Landing after moving there from somewhere in Florida. 

He gave me some additional contacts. I am not going to list them all, but the two I am most interested in talking to are: Mrs. Kay Kane, who is on the CWA board of directors, grew up in Norfolk, and is the wife of a retired professor.  He also told me to talk to Mr. Jack Edwards, who was a past president of CWA and was involved in the change and development of the city.  I believe we had a reading by him! I think it would be excellent if I could interview Mr. Edwards.

Since the interview ended a little later than I expected, I decided to head to the Williamsburg Regional Library for a little bit.  To my surprise, they have a lot of resources on Williamsburg and the history of the town (I found a lot of books and newspaper articles saved that pertain to some people’s projects so I need to make sure I tell people in class who may find this helpful/I sent out an e-mail with the call number for these materials to the class).  I wasn’t able to check anything out because these were resources materials and I didn’t have change at the time to make copies.  I went back later that evening after my 3:30 pm class and make a ton of copies.  I mainly made copies of a compilation of a city review; I believe it comes out every 8 or 9 years, and the city of Williamsburg contracts a company to collect data on the demographics and improvement projects of the city.  It also has projected population growths.  Really interesting stuff.  I copied the section in these reports that talked about ‘age and population.’ The time range was from early ‘60s to 2006, I believe.  I thought it was really neat how in the early ‘90s the writers mentioned that because of the Williamsburg Landing, the 65+ age group has increased.  It was really neat to see the graphs from the ‘70s of age groups and the ones from the ‘90s.  This is definitely great material for concrete analysis. (Call number R.975ish)

I also found other materials like a 20th anniversary copy of ‘The Tattler’ from Williamsburg Landing, an old newspaper article from the ‘80s that talks about people retiring here, and a comic about the evolution of growth and change in Williamsburg. I also found a document called ‘Williamsburg Crossroads’ (1999, I believe) that has a great introduction by the firm that was contracted to build Williamsburg Landing.

Non-related to my project, but: I found a lot of information on the Williamsburg Pottery and I helped an elderly man print something he needed (yay!).

This was a pretty busy day.

Thursday, April 15th; Friday, April 16th

n/a

Saturday, April 17th

Realized I wasn’t getting any of my WM e-mails forwarded to gmail.  Discovered that I had about 2 weeks of e-mails that I didn’t know even existed.  I found that Professor Knight had sent a bunch with suggested listening for older interviews from the WDP that might help.  I made a note of these, and while I have not listened to them yet, I explored dSpace a little.

Sunday, April 18th

Contacted the Mr. Williamsburg blogger (John Womeldorf) to see if he could possibly provide some information on the retirement communities in Williamsburg.  Will see if he replies!

Checked out the WY Daily.  Found some interesting articles on retirement communities, but mostly ones that relate to Ford’s Colony’s hope for a retirement community basically going up in flames because they went bankrupt.  I hope to print out these articles tomorrow.

Sent Mr. Coomer a follow up e-mail.  He requested a link to our class site, and he also told me he would be able to give me the contact information for the people he recommended. Sent Mrs. Hess an e-mail explaining the ‘Deed of Gift’ and giving her a sample of what type of questions I might be asking.  Later, I developed a list of questions for Mrs. Hess.

E-mailed Mr. and Mrs. Beck.  Mr. Beck is an alum of the College and they are retired in Williamsburg.

Questions for Mrs. Hess:

Basic Background Questions:

– What is your age?

–  How long have you lived in Williamsburg?

– Where did you live before Williamsburg?

– What did you do before you retired? Jobs? College? Any children?

– What brought you to Williamsburg? Do you consider yourself a person who ‘retired’ in Williamsburg?

– What are some of the things you enjoy doing in Williamsburg?

– What are some of the activities you participate in that are specific to the retirement lifestyle/scene?

– What amenities do you personally believe the area has for retired individuals?

– What do you think attracts people to retire in Williamsburg?

– How would you define your relationship with the College of William and Mary? With Colonial Williamsburg?

More Specific to My Project:

– In what ways have you seen Williamsburg change since you moved here? Economically? Socially? More businesses, etc?

– Do you consider Williamsburg to still be a ‘small town’ or has it grown too much?

– In what way have you seen ‘Williamsburg as a retirement community’ evolved?

– Are you familiar with any of the retirement communities or have friends that you have visited in these communities? If you know people who live here, what are some of their opinions of these places?

– Would you say that Williamsburg is a friendly community?

– How would you describe the makeup of your current neighborhood? Is it composed of younger individuals or older individuals?

– Have you paid attention to the changes in retirement ads you see in local newspapers and magazines? Do these ads appeal to you? Have you noticed a change in advertising techniques? 

– Do you think one day you may consider moving into a retirement community like Williamsburg Landing?

– Are there any people you would recommend I contact in regards to my project?

 To do:

 – Work on thank you notes.

– Get MP3 file.

– Start pulling my research together/more secondary source analysis/type things.

– I really want to find out what this town was like pre-1985 (Williamsburg Landing).

– Listen to older WDP interviews that may help me.

– Attempt to schedule more interviews/more importantly, someone who actually lives at Williamsburg Landing.

– Wait for e-mail replies from Mr. Williamsburg blogger, Mr. and Mrs. Beck, Mr. Coomer.

– Interview on Wednesday with Mrs. Hess.

Work Journal

Monday 4.12

Tasks completed: took a look in Flat Hat archives for ads/information from the Band Box, Squires, Echoes or any record stores/radio ads

Tuesday 4.13

Tasked completed: Planned questions for Brad Squires interview

I. Life Life History Questions:

  • § Where were you born and where have you lived?
  • § Are you a Williamsburg native?

o What did you do in Williamsburg growing up? (Ask about teen years for Sarah Grant)

  • § What schools did you attend growing up? (Have you been to any reunions?)
  • § What college (presuming he went) did you go to? What did you study?
  • § Were you involved with music? What did you do for entertainment? Did you see any concerts/go to any music venues in college?

A. Then, into his interest in music…

  • § When did you first become interested in music? (What was the music scene like in HS?) What sort of music did you listen to growing up?
  • § What radio stations did you listen to?
  • § Did you see any concerts growing up? Did you go anywhere to see live music/performances? (Where/who played there/what genre of music was played?)
  • § Do you play any instruments/have you ever been in a band? If yes, have you ever performed in the area or elsewhere? Do you still play any instruments or perform currently?
  • § What record store did you go to? Was there any other sort of music store in the area/that you would go to?
  • § What draws you into records and what value do they have?

B. His record store…

  • § Ask about the record stores he has been involved with in the past (get chronology) and more details about location, involvement with each store, and ask him to tell me a bit about each.

o Squires (where Bella is currently located), Echoes, Plan 9, the Band Box

o Ask about selling his store to Plan 9 and about it closing)

  • § What sort of music/records did you sell at the store? (Local vs. non-local and genres)…local music section… (Who worked at the stores?…i.e. Skra!)
  • § How has the distribution of music changed and how do you feel about that? Do you still buy records/cds? If so, where do you go? (How he feels about the only “record store”, aka the only place to purchase a cd, being places like Barnes & Nobles, Target, etc. in New Town and around the area, i.e. Walmart)
  • II. Williamsburg/music

For my specific project, I am interested in he meaning of music localism and musical value. One question of interest has to do with how we define “local” music (and locality); what would you consider to be “local” and what areas (or regions) does this encompass?

o What qualifies someone as a “local” musician? (For instance, do they have to live in the area or just perform in the area….etc.?)

  • My research question: what is the value of the “local” especially in popular music as popularity is defined as popular distribution? What does local/place have to do when “value” of music is often thought of as a commodity?

§ Considering the processes of production, what is the music market like in Williamsburg (regarding popular music or other genres)?

§ In Squires Everyday Gourmet you seem to be getting a lot of “local” musicians; do you try to get performing artists that live in the area? Do you think it is important to support local artists?

§ How do you choose who is going to perform at Squires?

o How familiar are you with “local” musicians? How did you meet them/get to know them?

§ A bit about squires: What was this place before you owned it? How do you choose who performs/do you book the acts? (If not, who does and how?)

o Ask more about how he became involved with Squires

o Any questions about food, etc. for Jay* (took a look at his revised project proposal)

A. Final Q’s on music in the area…

§ Do you think there is a music community/community of musicians (in contact) in Williamsburg?

§ Is there a (popular) music “scene”? What sort of music “scenes” or worlds exists in Williamsburg?

§ How does Williamsburg create unique opportunities and/or challenges for musicians?

Final Q’s:

II

  • What changes have you noticed in Williamsburg since you have lived here?
  • How has the music community/scene/forms of distribution changed?

  • What has kept him in Williamsburg? Final thoughts on his relationship to the place and his experiences here

*CONTACTS he recommends!

Wednesday 4.14

Tasks Completed: Squires Interview from about 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Squires Everyday Gourmet (soon to be called Squires Everyday Café)

§ The interview went really well and we got a couple of great contacts and their phone numbers: i.e. the old owner of the Band Box

o Need to type up my notes and will be transcribing interview

o Need to contact one of the contacts he gave us!

Thursday 4.15 and Friday 4.16

Tasks Completed: Goal-setting, contacting Sam Eure to try to set interview date

Goals for Week:

§ Get rest of interviews scheduled!

o Consider Squires recommendations!

§ Get Brad Squires interview uploaded on my travel drive and begin to transcribe

§ More research in Special Collections and read second sources

§ Start outlining my report

§ THANK YOU NOTES for Sarah Glosson and Brad Squires

o We need to get Brad’s Deed of Gift

**Another Thing: Every time I interview someone, except for with Sarah Glosson which I can hopefully do, I have taken a couple pictures of the person or place (i.e. Squires) and would like to get a clip of the musician playing. Need to see how I can get permission to use those pictures/video clips and need to keep doing that! *Need to see performances of musicians I have interview ASAP and see if I can incorporate this idea into my final report and presentation!

Work Journal 4/19

4.12.10:  I visited the CW archives to look through their information on CW’s commemorations of the Civil War.  Unsurprising, there wasn’t an incredible amount of information and most of it was about the Centennial.  Colonial Williamsburg’s role in this commemoration was minimal, largely because CW officials wanted to maintain their focus on the 18th Century, but the CW archives had a lot of information on the Centennial in Williamsburg more generally.  From that information, it seems that the Centennial was a fairly low-key celebration in Williamsburg featuring lectures, special exhibits at the CW Information Center and William and Mary Library, a brochure about the Battle of Williamsburg made available at the Information Center, restoration and dedication at Fort Magruder, and a rededication ceremony at the Confederate Memorial on September 9, 1962 to commemorate the one day after the Battle of Williamsburg during which the city was in Confederate control.  This low-key celebration seems typical of many of the commemorations after racial tensions in South Carolina in 1961 threatened the whole commemoration.  The archivists said there was almost nothing from the 1970s or 1980s, which makes sense as during those years Colonial Williamsburg would have been exclusively focused on the Bicentennial of the Revolution.  But, there was also some very interesting recent commemorations, including a 1997 conference titled “Yankees in The Streets,” a walking tour that seems to have run for about a decade starting in the mid-1990s, and a number of temporary exhibits.  In the recent information, I kept seeing Carson Hudson’s name come up, who I have contacted about an interview, hopefully that will happen as I think he would be a very good resource.

4.14.10:  I walked around the battlefield with John Cross.  While I didn’t actually record the discussion, I have put together a four page write-up of the experience which will be submitted in lieu of a recorded interview and transcript.  It was great to actually see what remains of the battlefield and I was able to gain a new insight in the challenges faced in battlefield preservation.  Mr. Cross is a wealth of information, he grew up on DOG Street in the historic area and has lived in the Williamsburg area for most of his life.  It would have been great to get a formal interview with him, but I decided that the information I got from talking to him in the field and seeing what remained of the battlefield was more valuable for my project.  Mr. Cross also provided me with contact information for a couple more people to talk to.

4.15.10:  Finished writing up my talk with Mr. Cross

4.18.10:  Continued reading in Troubled Commemoration for background of the Civil War Centennial in general.

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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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