#201 – Captain Burt’s Hassock

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

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

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats, Leaders & Legacy 8 Comments

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 …

#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 …

#190 Norwich’s Elusive Edison Connection

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

The 1880s are a somewhat mysterious and poorly documented period in Norwich history. It was during this time period that the university was temporarily renamed Lewis College after being saved from financial distress by Charles Lewis, Class of 1855. It’s a shame that we know so little about Norwich in the 1880s, because that decade holds a little-known gem: Thomas …

#189 Remembering Honor Tank Platoon

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats, Military Milestones

The 1940s were a time of transition in the landscape of military training at Norwich. In addition to the mountain and winter warfare training program getting its start in 1947, the decade also saw the transition from mounted to armored cavalry training—and the arrival of tanks on campus. Following the end of World War II, mounted cavalry training was initially …

#185 In Our Bicentennial Year, You Can Bring Norwich History to Life

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Welcome to the bicentennial year! After much anticipation, 2019 is upon us. This calendar year, we will be reflecting on the 200-year legacy of Captain Alden Partridge and the little academy he decided to build in Norwich, Vt. What better way to celebrate that legacy than to learn about Norwich history from its most foundational documents? The Norwich University Archives …