#104 The First Norwich Alumni Club Started in 1852

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The first formal organization of Norwich University alumni was established in 1852 under the name Norwich University Friendship Club. The founding document was signed by 17 members, with 11 honorary members listed, including Grenville Dodge and two of the Ransom brothers. The signatories sought to “voluntarily organize ourselves for the purpose of keeping in remembrance those friendly feelings, and that …

#101 Perley Belknap and the Potato Wars

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Adapted from an article by Peter F. Young that first appeared in the Dog River Crier, the newsletter of the Northfield Historical Society, and which later appeared in Young’s book, Tales from the Dog (And More). When a fire destroyed Norwich University’s South Barracks in March of 1866, the university lacked the resources to rebuild on the site. The citizens …

#99 The Class of 1917 Graduated Ten Years Late

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The 1927 commencement ceremonies at Norwich included the 53 members of the Class of 1927, plus 22 alumni ten years their senior.  Graduation ceremonies for the men in the Class of 1917 were delayed ten years because they left Norwich for war service before they completed their studies.  Norwich President Charles Plumley declared that the ceremony for the Class of …

#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 …