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Questions for You to Keep in Mind in Your Interviews

1. Do you allow smoking in your establishment?
2. Why or why not?
3. In your time with this restaurant, has your smoking policy changed?
4. Do you feel that there is any difference between smoking in a bar and smoking in a restaurant?
5. Do you feel that the government should be allowed to dictate smoking policy?
6. What is your opinion on Virginia Senate Bill 1105 and Virginia House Bill 1703, which disallow smoking in restaurants, except in separately-ventilated rooms starting December 1, 2009?
7. How do you think your customer base will respond to the smoking ban?
8. In your personal life, how do you feel about smoking in restaurants?

Interview Questions (for the common pool)

[Laura Smethurst — Greek food and Greek-owned restaurants in Williamsburg]

1. How have ethnic communities in Williamsburg changed in your lifetime?

2. Do you know of any Greek owners of non-Greek food restaurants?

4. Do you think ethnic restaurants in Williamsburg aim more to draw tourists or to enhance the ethnic community?

5. Do you ever wish there were restaurants that served exclusively Greek food? Why do you think there is little Greek food available to the public?

6. What is the role of Greek-owned businesses in Williamsburg today? How has this changed in the past 20 years or so?

In-Class Interview Process

I have enjoyed the in-class interviews so far. The interviewees have been very open and interesting. The one thing that I have struggled with is the indexing. I don’t know how much needs to be written for each topic. Do I write “family story” or “her daughter worked in CW for as so-and-so’s child in the 70s…”? Looking around, I find that most people are much more brief in their descriptions. I have also been writing time stamps like “1:43” whereas others seem to be writing only times divisible by 5. I suppose that’s a picky little thing, but I want to know how it’s done in the wide-world of interviewing. I would really appreciate it if we went over these things in class after the interviews have finished.

Catholic Community in Williamsburg

1) Do you attend St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg, have you ever been there, or do you know people that attend it? (please elaborate if the answer is “yes”)
2) If you do not have any interactions with St. Bede’s, what are your perceptions of the Catholic Community in Williamsburg? (i.e. large, small, exclusive, inclusive, service, outreach, etc…)
3) Are you a member of a religious community here in Williamsburg? If so, do you interact with w/m students and and how does that influence the community experience?

All Together/Diversity Questions

1) Would you consider Williamsburg a diverse community?

2) How does All Together work to facilitate diversity in Williamsburg? Would you consider All Together a grass roots organization?

3) What is your opinion of race relations in Williamsburg? Would you say that they are good? Have they changed since you have lived here?

1. Do you live on or near a golf course? If yes, which course and how did the golf course effect your decision?

2. In your opinion, is the golf course acreage in greater Williamsburg excessive or okay or too little? Elaborate…

3. Which course would you most likely play and why?

Questions for Race and Williamsburg

What were race relations like in Williamsburg?

Do you remember when the Williamsburg Theatre was desegregated?

Do you remember when anything in Williamsburg was desegregated?


1. What is your sense (if any) of the Jewish community in Williamsburg?

2. What are some noticeable, public expressions of religious identity that you see frequently in Williamsburg?

Interview Questions for Others

1. What grocery stores do you shop at?
b. Is this different than 10, 20, 30 years ago? (depending on their answer and how long they’ve lived in the area)

2. What is your experience with buying local food in Williamsburg?

Native American Representations at CW

1. Do you know where the closest Indian Reservation is?
2. Do you remember a Native American presence or event at CW?
3. Where do you think a narrative could fit into the story CW is trying to tell?

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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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