Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum in Virginia that hosts a large program interpreting and preserving eighteenth-century craft methods. Using ethnographic research methods, this paper evaluates the value of the historic trades program as a means of preserving otherwise lost skills, producing knowledge, and engaging the public in history. I argue that historic trades interpretation connects with audiences more than traditional exhibits, particularly highlighting specialized interpretation, on-the-job discoveries, representation of identity groups, and the ability to utilize online video platforms. Additionally, I address the divide between modern consumption and production, and how visitors can find historic trades that were once critical to everyday life to be novel.
Eure, Cecelia Rose, "From Necessity to Novelty: Historic Trades in Colonial Williamsburg" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1762.