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My name is Mark Belloni and I am a historian based in Brownsburg, Indiana. 


Midwest: BELL-uh-knee

Italia: Bay-LOW-knee

My love for history was born out of my Italian and Romanian heritage, which led me to the stories of my paternal and maternal great-grandparents who immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th century; this heritage is foundational to who I am. In 2014, after a long genealogical research journey, I applied for and obtained Italian citizenship by descent. I am a proud dual citizen of both the United States and Italy. 

I completed my undergraduate studies in anthropology at Indiana University Indianapolis with a focus on historical archaeology. My deep passion for local history was realized while assisting with research and excavations at a 19th-century pioneer homestead in Sheridan, Indiana and a 17th-century sugar plantation on the island of Antigua in the West Indies. 

I continued my training as a historian at IU Indianapolis, where I completed my master’s degree in public history. My master’s research was focused on historic preservation, landscape history, and the history of 19th-century utopian communities—subjects which all have strong ties to local history.  

I live with my wife, Teresa, and our two dogs in an 1880 Italianate farmhouse that we've been restoring since 2018. Outside of restoring our home, I enjoy keeping up on my Italian, serving on the board of the Hendricks County Historical Museum, reading, spending time with my family, and getting lost in local history rabbit holes.

I started Belloni Research Consulting to share my love of history with others. I'm glad you're here, and I look forward to working with you

Headshot of Mark Belloni
The village of Carovilli in central Italy
Mark Belloni, his wife Teresa, and their two dogs Freyja and Holly
c. 1900 photograph of an Italianate farmhouse
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