The Bray School Lab invites you to explore Williamsburg through the eyes of two Bray School Students. Discover how the legacy of both students permeates Virginia's colonial capital, past and present.
The Bray School Lab invites you to explore Williamsburg through the eyes of two of its students, Adam and Fanny. By clicking on an icon or scrolling through using the arrows, discover how the legacy of both students permeates Virginia's colonial capital, past and present. This project was created in collaboration with William & Mary Students, the Bray School Lab Assistant, and the Director of the Bray School Lab.
In order to historically imagine the experiences of Adam and Fanny, we have blended primary sources with the power of narrative storytelling to explore the lives of these two Bray School students.
The site slides with green backgrounds are written to explore the possible lived experiences of Adam and Fanny, using best practices from historical theorists. We have blended primary sources that include student lists, letters, historic maps, and other materials to frame their story. We have taken creative license to call William & Mary ‘The College’ in these site slides, as that was the traditional name for William & Mary in eighteenth-century primary sources. An annotated bibliography that includes some of these sources can be found here (pdf).
The site slides with red backgrounds explore the ongoing legacies of Adam and Fanny in modern-day Williamsburg. Adam and Fanny’s impact on current organizations such as The Lemon Project, Historic First Baptist Church, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation among others will be explored in these sections.
To learn more about this Story Map, visit our blog, ‘A Reasonable Progress.'