Updated Project Proposal

While I have not made tremendous strides in my research for my project thus far, I have made important contacts with people who can help, focused my research questions a little more, and created a rough schedule of reading my bibliographic sources.

I’ve been emailing back and forth with Sister Rose Morris, one of the Theology teachers at Walsingham Academy. She has helped me learn a little more about the history of the school, and is willing to conduct an oral history. She also suggested I get in contact with the vice principal of Walsingham, who attended the school as a child. She could give me a good perspective on the state of the school when she attended it. Lastly, I have the contact information for Sister Agnes Loretta, who was one of the founding sisters of the school. I’m really excited to talk about her- an oral history from her could be incredibly useful for my project

Over Spring Break, I plan to finally catch up on the reading I should be doing for this project. Looking at the secondary sources about Catholic schools in the United States I can hopefully better define how Catholic schools interact with the communities they are in, which will help me frame how Walsingham interacts with Williamsburg. I also want to finally start leafing through the microfilms of the Virginia Gazette in Swem to find whatever articles I can about Walsingham. I also want to go the Williamsburg Library to see if I can find anything there. Lastly, I want to visit Walsingham soon. They are putting on a musical soon, which could be fun to go watch. I would just like to get a picture of how the school runs now.


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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