#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

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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

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

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 …

#184 The Military College of Vermont Turns 120

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In 2018, Norwich celebrated 120 years of being the Military College of Vermont, a status bestowed by the Vermont State Legislature on November 29, 1898. That legislative action was, in part, a reflection of the pride Vermonters shared in the prominent roles played by native sons in the Spanish-American War, notably Henry Hersey and George Dewey, who were also both …

#178 This Montpelier Seminary Graduate Was FDR’s Physical Therapist

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

When Alice Lou Plastridge-Converse celebrated her 100th birthday in 1989, she was the oldest living Vermont College alumna, having received her diploma from the college’s predecessor institution Montpelier Seminary in 1908. She started working as a physical therapist in 1914, making valuable contributions in the treatment of polio in the days before vaccines were available. One of her patients in …

#175 Steve Palermo, Class of 1971, a Hero and former MLB Umpire

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Steve Palermo was a native of Worcester, Mass. who attended Norwich and two other institutions of higher education before finding his true calling at Major League Baseball’s highly competitive umpiring school in Florida. He first discovered a love of umpiring when he umpired for local amateur leagues to pick up some extra cash during high school and college. After completing …

#147 Online Programs Continue a Legacy of Alternative Education

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Norwich University has been awarding graduate degrees since the 19th century. But in the last few decades, innovative low-residency programs have placed it at the vanguard of higher education. In 1981, Norwich acquired a low-residency graduate program from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. Goddard was a pioneer in non-traditional models of education. Known for being experimental where Norwich was steeped …

#145 Stanton Burgess, NU 1917: a member of America’s first Boy Scout Troop?

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Norwich University is known for having many former Boy Scouts among its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. And scores of Norwich alumni were first introduced to the university through their attendance at Boy Scout camporees on the Hill in the late 1980s through the early 2000s. But it is a little-known fact that nearby Barre, Vermont, holds the distinction of …

#122 Keith Aucoin, Class of 2001, Still Making His Mark on Professional Hockey

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

Keith Aucoin, Class of 2001, is arguably the most decorated athlete in Norwich University athletics history. The four-year star for the men’s ice hockey team holds the all-time point record with a remarkable 240 points in 116 games played. He scored 116 goals and notched 124 assists and was named an All-American all four seasons he played for the Maroon …