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Preliminary Questions

1.  Growing up, what schools did you attend? What was your experience like in these schools?

2.  Outside of your home/personal life, are there any events that you would say particularly shaped you?

3.  What are some of your favorite places to go/ things to do in the Williamsburg area?

4.  What sort of involvement have you had with education in Williamsburg?

5.  What is your assessment of public education in Williamsburg?

6.  What would you say are some of the primary issues surrounding Williamsburg education?  How have you been effected by these issues? Are you doing anything to address them?

8.  What would you say are some of the primary challenges facing Williamsburg students today?  How are these challenges different from the past?

10. Generally, how have schools in Williamsburg changed in the past decade or so? Are these changes good or bad? Why do you think they have occurred?  How has the community responded to them?

Interview Questions

Life History Questions:

1. Did you grow up before or during the Williamsburg Restoration?  What are your feelings towards the Restoration and its effects on Williamsburg?

2. How long have you lived in Williamsburg and why have you continued living here?

3. What did you do for fun as a child and later as a young adult?

Informational Questions:

1.  Which groups of people attend the Williamsburg Reunion and have these groups changed over time?

2. What do you think the purpose of the Williamsburg Reunion is do you think this has changed at all over time?

3. What kind of activities go on during the Williamsburg Reunion? Are these activities inclusive to everyone?

Interview Questions

Life history questions:
1. Where are you from originally? What initially drew you to Williamsburg?

2. How long have you lived here in Williamsburg, Va? What networks or communities do you see yourself as a part of, and Why?

3. Did music play a role in your life growing up? How?

Research project questions:
1. How would you categorize your involvement in the musical community?

2. How long have you played with the Runaway String Band? What about other musical groups?

3. How often do you play out in the local community? What kinds of places or venues do you play most often?

4. What changes (if any) have you noticed among venues that offer live music in the past 10 years? 20 years? 30 years?

Preliminary Interview Questions

Life history questions

1. How do you think your childhood (in Virginia?) compares to your children’s upbringing in Williamsburg?
2. What activity did you enjoy doing the most when you were in high school?
3. How did you come to be interested in social justice issues?

Research-project related

1. How have other areas that you’ve lived compared to Williamsburg with regards to community awareness of social justice issues?
2. Have you encountered any (and if so, what kind of) roadblocks to social justice from the local government or community in recent years?
3. What do you think is most necessary to enable positive social change? (More importantly, how do you get that?)

Updated Questions

Updated Peer Questions –
1. Would you please state your full name for the Record? Are any of your names derived from your family? Sometimes names can have interesting anecdotes or coincidences, does this pertain to you?
2. Can you list the place or places that you have considered your home throughout your life… and a brief analysis on how these residencies have affected your growth as a person and your perception of place?
3. Are you an only child? or How do you fit in your line of siblings? How has this affected your personality?
4. What is the most valuable lesson that you have taken from nuclear family and how has it shaped your life?
5. What problem or problems bothered you the most about your high school and what would you do to change them?
6. Do you think a stranger could associate you with a place you are from? For example, my accent and use of colloquialisms are relative to southwestern Virginia. Why or Why not? Is there something that you are aware of that suggests your living or being raised in a certain area?
7. What are your parents’/guardians’ occupations, religious faiths, and political positions? With these categories as a guide, what belief do you most strongly share with your parents? And most strongly disagree?
8. What was or still is your favorite children’s book and why? If a children’s book does not come to mind…what is your favorite fictional piece and how has it affected your life?
9. Before officially enrolling at the College of William and Mary, what was your knowledge of Williamsburg, VA? How has this initial identification changed with your career here at the College?
10. When I say the word Golf what are your first thoughts concerning the subject?
11. Do you or any of your close friends or family members have any ties to the hobby? If yes, could you elaborate on these connections?
12. Have you ever lived in a Golf course community? If not, what would you suspect would be its differences from a more typical residency?


Questions for Student:

1) When do you first remember hearing about Williamsburg or the College? What images came to mind?

2) Did you visit Williamsburg? What was your first impression?

3) What did you hear others say about Williamsburg?

4) Did your parents go to College? What did they do in their twenties?

5) Will you stay in Williamsburg after you graduate?

6) How do you think you will remember Williamsburg?

Questions for Williamsburg resident:

1) Were you born here? What is your earliest memory of Williamsburg.

2) Are there any particular sights / smells / sounds that typify Williamsburg for you? Why?

3) What do you think other people think about Williamsburg? Are they correct?

4) Is Williamsburg defined by the College?

5) Do you think of Williamsburg as a city?

6) Are the people who live here now the “same” people who lived here when you were younger?

Interview questions

Questions for classmate

1. What are your plans after graduation?

2. Why did you choose William and Mary? Would you recommend the school to your friends? Why or why not?

3. What do you do in your spare time in Williamsburg?

4. What is the most embarrassing memory from your childhood?

5. What clubs are you involved in?

6. What is your happiest memory from you childhood?

Questions for a local

1. What changes have you seen in Williamsburg in the past 10 years? 20 years?

2. Are you happy about those changes? Why or why not?

3. What schools did you attend? Who was your favorite/most influencial teacher and why?

4. If you did not grow up in Williamsburg, what brought you here?

5. Do you like living in a tourist town? Why or why not?

6. What did you do in your leisure time?

Possible Interview Qs

Possible Interview Questions

Peer Questions –
1. What is the most valuable lesson that you have taken from nuclear family and how has it shaped your life?
2. What problem or problems bothered you the most about your high school and what would you do to change them?
3. Are you an only child? or How do you fit in your line of siblings? How has this affected your personality?
4. Do you think a stranger could guess your relative location? Why or Why not?
5. What are your parents’/guardians’ occupations, religious faiths, and political positions?
6. What was or still is your favorite children’s book and why?

WDP Interviewee –
1. What other golf courses in or around Williamsburg are you familiar with and what do you have to say about your experiences there?
2. Why do you guess that you were referred to me as a knowledge source on golf in Williamsburg?
3. When do you consider golf to be in season in Williamsburg? How often do golf here when golf is in season?
4. Why do you are you a member/ a frequenter of this golf course as opposed to the other courses Williamsburg has to offer?
5. If you were to switch to another country club or golf club in Williamsburg, which course would it be and why?
6. What is your biggest complaint about your current course and how would you work to solve this problem?

interview questions

Can you describe an experience that you feel particularly proud of? What did you accomplish? Why is it memorable for you?

Can you point out an individual or an experience that has been particularly influential in your life? If you cannot think of a particular experience, can you describe some of the ways in which your aspirations have either changed or remained consistent?

Who would you number as part of your “family”? Describe some experiences that brought you closer with these individuals?

Do you have any major regrets?

What pastime activities do you spend the most amount of time on? In what ways are these activities enjoyable?

Have you ever in your life considered yourself a religious person? If so, how would you characterize your observance, and are there any particular religious experiences that stand out for you (either positively or negatively)? If not, what are your thoughts on religion in general?

What were your views on Williamsburg and William and Mary before you arrived as a freshman? What is your view now? Are you happy with your experience so far? Do you find that your peers share some of your same views?

How long have you lived in Williamsburg? Are there some aspects of your environment that you would like to change?

What is your most memorable experience in Williamsburg? Can you describe the emotions that you were feeling at the time?

Would you consider yourself a liberal Jew or an orthodox Jew? Has Williamsburg been a positive environment in terms of your Jewish observance? Did it play a role in your decision to move to Williamsburg?

What is your professional background? Would you call your job experience largely positive? How is your place of employment connected with the city of Williamsburg, if at all?

Where and in what situation do you feel most comfortable?

Oral History Questions

Classmate Interviews:

1) Where did you grow up? How did this place shape your childhood?
2) What is your earliest memory?
3) Why did you want to go to college? Why did you choose William & Mary?
4) What groups and activities are you currently involved in? Why?
5) Who do you feel has had the greatest influence on you life so far?
6) How do you think your parents and upbringing influence your ideology?

Local Interviews:

1) When did you come to Williamsburg? Why?
2) How do you know most of the people you know in Williamsburg?
3) How do you think Williamsburg has changed since you’ve lived here? Has it changed for better or worse?
4) Do you ever visit Colonial Williamsburg? Why or why not?
5) Do you vote in local elections? Why or why not?
6) How do you view yourself within the Williamsburg community?

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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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