#213 – Recent Research into CAPT Partridge’s Portrait Leads to an Unknown Marriage

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By Katherine Taylor-McBroom, Curator of Exhibits and Collections   Before the museum was established, donations were given to the university historian and portraits were typically displayed on campus. Gifts were occasionally recorded in presidential annual reports now stored in Archives.  President Charles Plumley’s 1921 annual report, mentions the donation of an oil portrait of CAPT Partridge by the widow of …

#210 – Two Faces of Early Norwich

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By Joseph E. Cates, Curator of Education and Public Programs   In June 1908, at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees, Capt. Henry V. Partridge, son of Alden Partridge, presented Norwich University with the portraits of Cadet Ashe and Cadet Phillips wearing the uniforms of their respective schools—different schools yet of the same founder and the same town. …

#208 – From Across the Border

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   There is a long history of military officers presenting gifts to their counterparts in other countries and for the U.S. Army General Isaac D. White ’22, these gifts included lighters, swagger sticks, and textiles, including an interesting banner with his image. After commanding the 2nd Armored Division in Europe during World War II, White …

#204 – The Schoolmaster’s Desk

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By John Hart, Jr., Director   Objects have stories, from their creation to donation (or in the case of archeology, their rediscovery). Often times it’s the families who keep the stories about objects alive. That is certainly the case with this desk, which has been in the same family for over 100 years and was always called the “schoolmaster’s desk.” …

#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 …

#196 – The Eight Board Chairs That Have Shaped NU

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You may not realize that our fine institution has not always had a board of trustees. When Alden Partridge established the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, it had no formal charter that dictated a governance structure. Some early manuscripts held by the University Archives indicate that there may have been a governing board sometime in the 1820s, perhaps established …

#188 Alden Partridge’s Nephew Carried On the Family Legacy at Norwich

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Alden Partridge does not have any living biological descendants. One of his sons died as a teenager, and the other never married. However, the Partridge family was sprawling and influential in the region of Norwich, Vt. Our founder was one of seven children, and a number of his many relatives were involved with the affairs of the American Literary, Scientific, …