Getting to Know the Interpreters of Colonial Williamsburg
Meet Courtney Drommerhausen (Winkler), one of the many talented customed interpreters you’ll might meet during your visit. We asked her a few questions as part of our blog series getting to know the interpreters of Colonial Williamsburg.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG?
I am currently a part of the school and groups department. So, I will take private tours around the historic area. Ages normally range from fourth graders to seniors in high school, but I do get the occasional adult groups or private family tours.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG?
My favorite part of my job is inspiring the next generation to have a love of history, like my experience when I came here for a school field trip. I love that look in young children’s eyes when I can just blow their minds with the history of how our nation got started.
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT SURPRISES YOU ABOUT WORKING AT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG?
Something that always surprises me is just how diverse our staff is here in Colonial Williamsburg. All the different places where they’ve come from just to work here and the knowledge that all of these individuals have is just inspiring and amazing.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TOPIC TO RESEARCH OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love researching about knitting in the 18th century; how it was done, the different patterns, who all is learning this skill, looking up the different color work patterns that are done in the 1700s. It’s incredibly fascinating.
TELL US ONE INTERESTING FACT.
My favorite interesting fact to tell people is about how they produced the color red in the 1700s. They actually used a tiny beetle, and it is still used today in different make-up and food products such as strawberry yogurts, M&M’s, hot dogs, etc. It’s a gross fact to some people, but also a very cool one to know.