My character

April 10th, 2012

My Name is Charlotte Elle Maine  and I am from Roanoke, Virginia.  I am a home economics major and in my free time I go to University of Virginia to spend time with my boyfriend and his friends.  I am in the Young Women’s Christian Association and the planning committee for the formal dances an MWC.

Photo recreation – Student clubs and activities photos

April 10th, 2012

These are the photos that i chose to be decided on for the photo recreation of student clubs and activities.

the first is of the Madrigal Singers in 1953.  This is a club that is lead by the department of music and in it the members of the Madrigal Singers stand in two rows, singing, as music professor Stanley Bulley conducts.  To recreate this photo, we would need of coarse the right clothing to make it look like we are in the right time period.  We would need fold-up chairs for the girls, and the hardest part might be that there are 13 girls in the photo and a man conducting, this is a lot of people to get together for the photo.  It looks like it is taking place in the Virginia Parlor.

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This next picture is my favorite.  It is of three girls in the Players Club trying on old costumes from dramatic performances that have been put on by the club in the past.  This is in 1951.  This can be taken anywhere that has a brick wall in the background.  We would need racks of cloths and some fun 1950’s hats – and of coarse big smiles!

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Mary Washington College 1960 Website

March 16th, 2012

This is the link to the completed Mary Washington College website for the 1960’s.

Research Log – the questions

February 21st, 2012

I contacted the ladies who went to school here in the 60’s and was contacted back by all four of them. One of them , Mrs. Mann, also said that she is in contact with many if her classmates and so she is going to be forwarding my questions to them. Hopefully I will end up with information from about six alumni. All of the ladies wanted to be asked over email so I sent them this list of questions:

  1. Why did you decide do go to college? Was it difficult financially or socially (did people look down on women going to college?) What did you want to get out of it?
  2. What kind of career options were available for someone who went to college vs. someone who did not.
  3. What was the classroom like? Was the mood serious? What was the teaching style(was it mostly lectures, group work, or something else?)
  4. Do you have any memories of the classroom experience or of college here in general that you would like to share? Stories would be great!
  5. What was the dress code like? Was it strictly enforced? Did girls wear pants to class? Did people dress up for class?
  6. What was dating like? How did you ladies meet guys? Were you allowed to have guys on campus and of not, did students do it anyway? When you did go on dates where did you go and what did you do?
  7. Were there many married people on campus?
  8. What was the atmosphere if campus, did it stress academics or more of the social life? What did you do for fun? Was there a lot of partying on campus? What did you do when you went out?

I also asked them to feel free to answer as many or as few of the questions as you would like, that way it would not get overwhelming. I tild them that stories would be awesome and if they could think of any stories that don’t really relate to any of the questions to add them as well.

I am hoping to hear back from them this week with answers to the interview questions!

Research Log #3

February 14th, 2012

I have sent out emails to each of the alumni that were in the email that I received.  In it I told them about what our assignment is and how we plan on recreating the classroom experience from the 1960.  I asked them if they would be interested in answering a few questions relating to what it was like to be a Mary Washington College student during that decade.  I told them that this interview could be done by email or letter, whichever they prefer, or that if they are in the area I can meet with them in person.

I have not received a response from them, but am not worried as I only sent the emails out recently.  I am very hopeful that I will hear back from some or all of them very soon.

My group has set up a meeting on Wednesday, February 15 to discuss with Tim Owens, the Instructional Technology Specialist, how we can make our website into everything that we plan on it being.  I feel as though it will be too intricate and dificult for us to do on our own because we are not very technologically savvy, but he will be able to show us which templates to use and how to make out website into the interactive site that we are hoping for.

My group is each thinking up good questions for them alumni as they are going through their prospective documents.  I told them that they will get a different prospective on what to ask than I will as they are seeing different things than I am and many things that are sparking their interest.  They will be emailing me each a list of questions and I will go through and pick out the ones that I feel are important to ask, as I don’t want to overwhelm the people that I am interviewing with too many questions.

Our group website

February 14th, 2012

In our group meeting, we talked about what we want out website to look like.  We decided that we want it to very interactive and we want it to be be a step by step admissions website into Mary Washington College in the 1960’s.  We talked through many ideas about what this would look like, including having each sign-on have to sign the honor pledge before entering the site, and having the viewer be able to pick their major.  Once they pick their major, they will go through a series of links including reading about the professors for that given major, and information about the classes offered.  We will have a section on campus life, classroom life, and a section about hearing from the students, which will be where the alumni interviews that I will be getting will be found.  We plan on giving the option of only four majors so it does not get overwhelming and also having links back to each of the other pages so that at any time the viewer of the site can look at a different area of the site as they please.

Second Research Post

February 7th, 2012

I am working on my research for our project and am discovering that a lot of effort is going to need to go into getting the alumni interviews. I have a list of four women who I will be contacting first by email, this week and if I do not get a response, I will be contacting them by telephone. I understand that most of these women live far, so I will be talking to them about what the best way to get questions answered. Because all of these women have email addresses, and because doing phone interviews make for difficult transcription, I plan on trying to get questions answered through email. If, however, any of these women would rather answer through letter I will happily do that. I also would love to interview in person if any of these women are able to do so. I will be asking them how far they live, but if it is in the area, then of course I will try to interview in person.

I am coming up with a list of questions that I want to ask, but mostly I want to know what they want to say. I find that in interviewing, most of the good information comes out when people are just allowed to talk. I would like to ask them about the classroom experience, and will prompt them with questions where necessary, but I think that the best way to understand what the 1960’s Mary Washington College classroom was like is to hear it told through stories.

Research Plan

January 31st, 2012

I am handling most of the alumni portion of our project. I will be interviewing alumni as well and looking through the alumni magazines. For the interviews, I do not yet have people to interview as I am waiting for a response on who to contact that went to school here in the 1960’s. I talked to Carolyn Parsons, Special Collections Librarian, and she said that she may know of one alum who graduated in the late 1960’s and who was very involved in the school when she went here. That particular alum is also thinking about writing a book about her experience at Mary Washington, so I think she will be particularly excited about helping with the project. I have emailed Mrs. Parsons about the getting the contact information for this lady.

As for questions that I am going to ask, I would like to focus on what the experience was like for her. I want to understand what it was like going to classes, what school policies stuck out to her, what were the popular majors, if she has any interesting stories, and what the trends were like (both fashion, things people said a lot, and any other trends that may have taken place). I am going to compile a list of about fifteen or twenty different questions. I would like to interview more than one person, but I would like to ask them all the same questions as I feel like that is the best way to get a true feel for what life was like at Mary Washington College in the 1960’s. I plan on voice recording the interviews as well as taking notes on the things that I think particularly stand out. I would also like to videotape at least one, given that the Alumni is alright with that.

I am also doing the Alumni Magazines which is going to be a pretty big job. I am going to be looking not only at the alum magazines from the 1960’s but all of the ones thereafter because there can be articles or other excerpts about alumni from the 1960’s.

Who is doing what in our project?

January 26th, 2012

This is the plan:


Sara – Bullet Articles
Rebecca – Course Catalogs / Aubade
Kendall – Photographs / Student Handbooks

Brenda – Academic Department and Faculty Files / scrapbooks / President files
Sam – Alum Interviews / Alum magazines
We also may want to talk to the historic pres people, look into yearbooks, and talk about campus traditions and events in the 60’s.

About me!

January 23rd, 2012

My name is Samantha and I am a Political Science Major.  When I am not at UMW, I live with my family in Manassas, but I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  I moved to America about three and a half years ago, and feel as though I do not have as good an understanding of American History as I would like.  I have taken advantage of my time at UMW to catch up on all of the History that I did not learn in elementary/high school and that is why I am excited about this class!

This is a picture of my boyfriend, Vernon and I on top of a mountain, almost 8000 feet above sea level, In the beautiful Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta.  One of my favorite memories. Taken by someone who happened to be walking past on August 12, 2011.