If Williamsburg’s Restoration were a movie, its co-stars would be the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin, who provided the vision, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who provided the funds to bring the colonial capital back to life. Just as movies have supporting actors, the early Restoration did, too. Among the most significant was Elizabeth Hayes, secretary to Goodwin. Today we would call her an executive assistant, a senior administrative assistant, or a chief operations officer, but in the 1920s, the job title for almost every woman who worked in an office was “secretary.”
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