219 – Unique Pipe in the Image of a Hero

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Curator of Exhibits and Collections The meerschaum pipe in the current exhibition 200 Years—200 Objects is a unique carved figure of Admiral George Dewey. Meerschaums pipes are made from the mineral sepiolite usually found floating in the Black Sea. The German word for sea foam is meerschaum and the porous material is useful in providing a cool, …

218 – Bearded Creature by Inuit Artist Pudlo Pudlat

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Curator of Exhibits and Collections The print in the current exhibition is by the Inuit artist, Pudlo Pudlat, who lived a semi-nomadic life in the arctic on Baffin Island, Canada. Most of his artwork combines humor with the traditional Inuit culture he experienced as a child. His depiction of an umingmuk (also umingmak), the Inuktitut name for …

#217 – A Gift from Thailand: A Tiger Skull Smoking Set

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Curator of Exhibits and Collections The tiger skull smoking set elicits numerous reactions from visitors ranging from an enthusiastic “Cool!” by students to a look of shock and horror by others. Reactions aside, the smoking set is a striking example of artistry with its two attached sterling silver repoussé mounts depicting a tiger and elephant in a …

#216 – Wartime Beauty

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Joseph E. Cates, Curator of Education and Public Programs The tradition of artistically handcrafting war souvenirs goes back to ancient times, but the practice flourished during the First World War. The abundance of items created by soldiers in World War I, and in the years immediately after, gave rise to the term trench art.  Over time, the term has …

#215 – The Strongest Man Alive

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Joseph E. Cates, Curator of Education and Public Programs He was the strongest man alive, bench pressing more than 700 lbs.— a first in human history. Theodore “Ted” A. Arcidi, a former professional wrestler and power lifter has had quite a remarkable career. The son of a nurse and an orthodontist, Arcidi received a BS from Norwich University in …

#214 – The Liberator

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Joseph E. Cates, Curator of Education and Public Programs   Perhaps no other handgun in U.S. history has been burdened with as many misconceptions about its post-production history as the World War II era Model FP-45 Liberator. Conceived by the U.S. Joint Psychological Warfare Committee in early 1942 as a way to quickly arm resistance fighters behind enemy lines, …

#212 – The Softer Side of a Soldier

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Curator of Exhibits and Collections   Since our museum collection tends to be heavy in military artifacts, the crazy quilt from the Estate of Col. William Day Munson is one of our more unusual and beloved objects in the current exhibition, 200 Years—200 Objects. The crazy quilt is a showpiece for fabrics of tantalizing  varieties, including silk …

#211 – The Coinage of the Vermont Republic

Archer Greenhalgh 200 Things about Norwich, Fun Facts & Stats

By John Hart, Jr., Director, Sullivan Museum and History Center   Before the United States enacted the National Banking Act of 1863, it was common for states to issue their own currency. Having gained its independence in 1777, Vermont needed to ensure its citizens had a common currency to define them from the bordering states of New York, New Hampshire, …