#71 Norwich Pioneered Modern Nursing Training in Vermont

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

By the 1950s, a nursing crisis had emerged in Vermont. The evolving role of nurses in the medical profession had put increasing demands on their time, and Vermont’s expanding hospitals also meant more beds. There simply weren’t enough trained nurses to go around. To make matters worse, the options for nursing education in Vermont had dwindled. Before World War II, …





#70 Regimental Ball, Past and Present

Bicentennial Admin Fun Facts & Stats, This Week in History

The first Regimental Ball was held in March of 1960 (the event was moved to the fall in 1964 to spread it out from Winter Carnival and Junior Ring Weekend). Coverage in the Guidon declared the first ball a great success. Miss Marilyn Adams of Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) was crowned Queen, and over 900 attendees from Norwich and surrounding …





#68 James Ward, Class of 1823, First Union Naval Officer Killed in Civil War

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Commander James Harmon Ward was the first Union naval officer to be killed in action during the Civil War. He was also one of the first students ever to attend Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. According to handwritten records in the Norwich University Archives, James Ward enrolled in the Academy in September of 1821, the 116th young …