ART HISTORY STUDENTS TURN SHOPKEEPER'S LEDGER INTO SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT
In the spring of 2013, sixteen students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison spent a semester delving into the mysteries of a single dusty account book kept by a colonial merchant. The results of their work didn’t emerge for another two years.
When the results lead to a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, the wait seems worthwhile.
The students and their professor, Ann Smart Martin, are celebrating the July 1 opening of the American Enterprise exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.