Nicole Belolan

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. I am a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American cultural and social history with emphases on material culture, everyday life, and disability studies. My museum specialties lie in collections management, care, and curatorship.

My dissertation,‚ÄúNavigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1728-1861,” is about material culture and physical disability in early America.

This year, my dissertation research and writing will be funded by a University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship, a Winterthur Library and Museum Dissertation Fellowship, a Center for Historic American Visual Culture American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, and a Caesar Rodney Fellowship from the General Society of Colonial Wars.

The photo at the top of the site was taken at the Upper Bay Museum in North East, Maryland, during a two-week museum project I took part in with the Museum Studies program at the University of Delaware. In the photo, I am cataloguing a twentieth-century worktable used by a decoy carver from the Upper Chesapeake. Learn more here.

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