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First Name
Bethany
Last Name
McGlyn
Affiliation
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Website URL
bethanyjmcglyn@com
Keywords
Early America, Atlantic World, Maryland, Labor, Material Culture, Visual Culture, Slavery, Art and Architecture, Landscapes, Museums, Public History
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About Me

I am a historian and curator of American Material Culture who specializes in labor, landscape, and material culture in the early American South and Atlantic World. I am a graduate of the University of Delaware and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, where my M.A. thesis, “Who Built the City on the Severn? Slavery, Material Culture, and Landscapes of Labor in early Annapolis,” foregrounded the lives of enslaved artisans and documented their work throughout the city. Prior to my M.A., I studied history and art history at Towson University where I graduated with the Sander Senior Prize in History.

I have lectured and presented research on topics from English abolitionist ceramics to Maryland backcountry furniture, and have received grants, awards, and fellowships from Winterthur, the Decorative Arts Trust, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Homewood Museum at Johns Hopkins University, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. I began my career in curatorial departments at Historic Annapolis and Hampton National Historic Site and I currently work as the Sewell C. Biggs Curatorial Fellow at Winterthur.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, Caribbean, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Art & Architectural History, Food History, Labor, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Urban History