Name: Braeden James Belcher
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Public History
Major Field: Public History
Minor Fields: U.S. Cultural History, History of Florida
Major Professor: Jennifer L. Koslow
Thesis topic: My thesis examines the ways in which the American Revolution Bicentennial was celebrated in Florida. Using a cultural historical approach, my project looks at the ways Florida state officials and members of the public constructed patriotic historical narratives during a time of heightened social a
nd political divisiveness. Doing so illuminates the ways in which Floridians adapted consensus narratives of history to contemporary political needs. My thesis project also examines the legacy the bicentennial has had on practices of patriotic commemoration and remembrance in the United States today.
Bio: I am a second year Master’s student in the Public History program. I am from Brighton, Michigan, and received from B.A. in history from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. My primary academic interests are public memory and patriotic commemoration, but I am also passionate about education outreach and historic preservation. I have had the opportunity to work in several different Archives, which has given me invaluable experience. Upon receiving my Master’s, I hope to work in a museum setting, or in history education outreach.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, I served as a Grading Assistant in the Department of History. I also graded for the online course History of Florida during the summer 2016 term.