#207 – Comics, Chess, and Checkmate

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   For several generations comic books have been enjoyed by boys, girls, women, and men, only growing in popularity since their debut in the 1930s. Comic books have spawned countless television shows, movies, action figures, graphic novels, a vibrant cosplay culture, and hugely popular conventions. So what do comic books and chess have in common? …

#206 – The James Cannons

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   Legend and lore are sometimes the only pieces of information an object has to tell a contemporary audience. The concept of recording provenance is common practice with museums, but for some objects, sadly, their history is not well-documented so museums must rely on stories passed down through the years in some cases. There are …

#205 – A New Legacy Begins

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   “Fire, Fire, Fire!” Those words likely rang out across the town green in Norwich, Vermont, on March 14, 1866: Norwich University was ablaze. By the time the flames were gone the building was a total loss and the university, barely 50-years old, was not financially able to rebuild. The town fathers of Northfield, Vermont, …

#203 – Two Possibilities, Two Amazing Puzzles Solved

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By Joseph Cate, Curator of Education and Public Programs   Who doesn’t like a good puzzle to solve? Sometimes researching the museum collection can be like putting pieces of a puzzle together, a puzzle where pieces are gathered from other experts. Two such items originated from the collection of Brigadier General Thomas F. Barr, father-in-law of Norwich Commandant Colonel Frank …

#202 – A Change in Equipment, Tested by a President

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By John Hart, Director   Beginning in 1863, Spencer Repeating Rifles were issued to Union troops and quickly became the weapon of choice as they were easier to load, faster to fire, and were more accurate than other weaponry available to the soldiers. According to family history and other writings, Christopher Spencer personally presented President Abraham Lincoln with a Spencer …

#201 – Captain Burt’s Hassock

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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

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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 …