#201 – Captain Burt’s Hassock

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By Joseph Cates, Curator of Education and Public Programs   Captain James M. Burt graduated from Norwich University in 1939, receiving a commission through the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the new Armor Branch. He was assigned to the 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division out of Fort Benning, Georgia. So the story goes, Burt never liked …

#198 – And Another Thing…

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It has been an honor to select the 200 topics to highlight in this series over the past four years. We are grateful to the many Norwich history buffs and enthusiasts who have illuminated new facets of our institution’s story for us along the way, either by suggesting topics or writing guest posts. Norwich’s 200-year story is vast and rich, …

#197 – The History of Our History

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Norwich University has curated a collection of documents and objects that honor our heritage and tell our story since at least 1902 and likely earlier. When Dewey Hall opened in 1902, it included space for museum cases to display “geological specimens, etc.” and “relics of various descriptions.” The Hotchkiss Revolving cannon that stands outside of Dewey Hall today is an …

#196 – The Eight Board Chairs That Have Shaped NU

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You may not realize that our fine institution has not always had a board of trustees. When Alden Partridge established the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, it had no formal charter that dictated a governance structure. Some early manuscripts held by the University Archives indicate that there may have been a governing board sometime in the 1820s, perhaps established …

#193 – “Numeral Hill” Commemorated Victories—and Spelled Defeat

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This series has covered the early history of some of Norwich’s most popular sports, including football and baseball. In the early years of the 20th century, while cadets loved to pass the time by playing and watching these athletic contests, there was a conspicuous lack of other teams to play in rural Vermont. Intramural games played between groups of Norwich …

#192 – Norwich University in Brick and Stone

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As we continue to wend our way toward the 200th of our “200 Things,” this week we thought we’d tackle one of the topics that we get asked about: the (very brief) history of the university’s oldest and most notable buildings. As Norwich University has grown and evolved over the years, its physical presence has included an impressive sprawl of …