This past summer, Dr. Heather Waldroup participated in a four-week summer research institute, “American Material Culture: 19th Century New York,” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). She was one of 18 scholars selected to participate in the Institute. NEH Summer Institutes are federally-funded programs for university faculty to enhance their teaching and research in the humanities. This institute used museum and archive collections in New York as a case study to examine material culture, consumer culture, and the fashioning of taste in the late 19th century. Participants will also be introduced to new initiatives in digital humanities, including digital exhibition software and digital publishing.