#84 George Musalas Colvocoresses, Alden Partridge’s Ward and Protégé

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George Musalas Colvocoresses lived on the island of Chios during the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. In March of 1822, Ottoman soldiers slaughtered an estimated 25,000 of the island’s inhabitants, and enslaved as many as twice that number. Colvocoresses, about six years old, was taken captive along with his mother and two sisters. His father reached safety …

#82 Paine Mountain Hosted Norwich Skiers for Nearly 70 Years

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The first Norwich skiing club was formed in 1899. The construction of infrastructure on Paine Mountain began in 1923 with the installation of a ski jump. Throughout the 1920s, the jump was raised to new heights each year as it was reconstructed every winter. In 1925, the “Outing Club” became a member of the Eastern Ski association. Cadets eagerly participated …

#77 A Short History of the Norwich Cavalry

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Norwich first acquired cavalry mounts in 1909, thanks in large part to the influence of Captain Leslie Chapman, U.S. Cavalry, who was appointed Professor of Military Science and Tactics in 1906. The horses were beloved and became an integral part of the Norwich experience. In addition to military training, they were used for horsemanship competitions and for the polo team. …

#70 Regimental Ball, Past and Present

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The first Regimental Ball was held in March of 1960 (the event was moved to the fall in 1964 to spread it out from Winter Carnival and Junior Ring Weekend). Coverage in the Guidon declared the first ball a great success. Miss Marilyn Adams of Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer College) was crowned Queen, and over 900 attendees from Norwich and surrounding …

#64 Southern Families Flocked to Partridge’s Academy

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At a time when transportation infrastructure was scarce and Vermont winters unforgiving, nearly 15 percent of Alden Partridge’s earliest academy students came from the Southeastern United States. They came from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but predominantly from South Carolina. In droves they traveled from larger towns like Columbia and Charleston, as well as little coastal islands …

#50 Memories of Dewey Hall

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By Martin Suydam ‘65 The cornerstone of Dewey Hall, named after Norwich University cadet and hero of Manila Bay Admiral George Dewey, was laid on September 14, 1899. The building was completed in 1902 and was the third building on the campus. It housed administrative offices, an assembly hall, the library and museum, the chapel, and space for the U.S. …

#48 “I Will Try” and “Essayons”: A Tale of Two Mottos and the Chapultepec Myth

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Norwich University has had two official mottos: “Essayons” and “I Will Try.” The origins of both mottos and the relationship between the two are commonly misunderstood. “Essayons” is French for “let us try,” and has been the motto of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since before Norwich was founded in 1819. Conventional wisdom erroneously attributes the phrase “I Will …