#208 – From Across the Border

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   There is a long history of military officers presenting gifts to their counterparts in other countries and for the U.S. Army General Isaac D. White ’22, these gifts included lighters, swagger sticks, and textiles, including an interesting banner with his image. After commanding the 2nd Armored Division in Europe during World War II, White …

#207 – Comics, Chess, and Checkmate

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   For several generations comic books have been enjoyed by boys, girls, women, and men, only growing in popularity since their debut in the 1930s. Comic books have spawned countless television shows, movies, action figures, graphic novels, a vibrant cosplay culture, and hugely popular conventions. So what do comic books and chess have in common? …

#206 – The James Cannons

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   Legend and lore are sometimes the only pieces of information an object has to tell a contemporary audience. The concept of recording provenance is common practice with museums, but for some objects, sadly, their history is not well-documented so museums must rely on stories passed down through the years in some cases. There are …

#205 – A New Legacy Begins

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   “Fire, Fire, Fire!” Those words likely rang out across the town green in Norwich, Vermont, on March 14, 1866: Norwich University was ablaze. By the time the flames were gone the building was a total loss and the university, barely 50-years old, was not financially able to rebuild. The town fathers of Northfield, Vermont, …

#204 – The Schoolmaster’s Desk

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   Objects have stories, from their creation to donation (or in the case of archeology, their rediscovery). Often times it’s the families who keep the stories about objects alive. That is certainly the case with this desk, which has been in the same family for over 100 years and was always called the “schoolmaster’s desk.” …

#203 – Two Possibilities, Two Amazing Puzzles Solved

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By Joseph Cate, Curator of Education and Public Programs   Who doesn’t like a good puzzle to solve? Sometimes researching the museum collection can be like putting pieces of a puzzle together, a puzzle where pieces are gathered from other experts. Two such items originated from the collection of Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr, father-in-law of Norwich Commandant Colonel Frank …

#202 – A Change in Equipment, Tested by a President

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By John Hart, Director   Beginning in 1863, Spencer Repeating Rifles were issued to Union troops and quickly became the weapon of choice as they were easier to load, faster to fire, and were more accurate than other weaponry available to the soldiers. According to family history and other writings, Christopher Spencer personally presented President Abraham Lincoln with a Spencer …

#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 …