Final Weeks & Wrap-up

I can (somewhat) breathe a sigh of relief. My transcription is done! Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike transcribing interviews? It’s much harder than it seems. It is difficult to type as you’re listening to someone speak. We speak incredibly fast, or so it seems. I have also found that I have a tendency to change words around as I type, which is a HUGE no-no. Anyways, I’m just glad I can move on to another facet of my project. I believe that all of my indexes, etc. are complete, so I just need to compile it all, upload the files to Discussion Board, and print hard copies.

In the end, I had a total of 5 interviews (Kimberly Hundley, elementary school teacher; Redell Atkinson, high school student; Suzanne Hart, school counselor; Kristyn Allred, parent and PTA president; Dr. Byron Bishop, middle school principal). I am satisfied with the number of oral histories collected. I also accomplished my original goal, which was to work directly with people actively within the school system. I think that the individuals I chose to interview have provided great insight from a variety of perspectives, which is always beneficial in studies such as the WDP.

Now, I must begin to focus on pulling everything together. My research, my interviews, and my experience will provide the general ‘meat & potatoes’ of the final project. It can be quite intimidating sitting down to type a 20 page report, especially when it will, in a sense, represent an entire community. However, I think (hope) that I am prepared. I look forward to our presentations and seeing what everyone else has come up with!


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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