#171 Looking Back at the Centennial Celebration

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

For the last four years, Norwich University has been preparing to celebrate the bicentennial of its founding in 2019. Ninety-nine years ago this month, the Norwich community came together for a five-day celebration marking the 1919 centennial of Captain Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. The festivities were attended by prominent alumni, former presidents, presidents of other esteemed …

#168 Leonard “Steamer” Nason’s War Stories

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In the summer of 1995, the Norwich Record reprinted a short story by Leonard “Steamer” Nason, Class of 1920. The story, “Too Many Guns,” had originally appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in April 1937. The Record’s reprint was accompanied by this heartfelt editor’s note: Few Norwich cadets or alumni in the ‘20s and early ‘30s gained as much notoriety …

#165 The Story of the Spencer Memorial Mace

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The installation on October 15th, 1982, of MG W. Russell Todd as Norwich University’s 22nd president was the occasion of the premier appearance of the Spencer Memorial Mace in an academic ceremony. The ceremonial scepter or mace represents the academic authority of the University and is carried by the senior member of the faculty. Customarily a mace precedes an academic …

#161 Harry Bates Thayer, Telecommunications Giant

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company— now known as AT&T—held a monopoly on American telecommunications for nearly a century. Established by Alexander Graham Bell in 1885, AT&T was essentially the only provider of phones and phone lines in the country until an anti-trust case broke it up in 1982. Harry Bates Thayer, a member of the Norwich class of 1877, …

#155 Four Men Defined Norwich History for Generations

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

William Ellis, Grenville Dodge, and Robert Guinn shaped our understanding of Norwich’s legacy with their work on the university’s published histories. To mark 200 years of that legacy, Alex Kershaw will join their ranks. “The annals of such an institution, may, therefore, very properly be called heroic, and will be found faithfully recorded in the historical section of the book.” …

#144 Capt. Partridge Inspired the Land-Grant Act that Shaped American Education

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Some of our fellow military colleges like Texas A&M and Virginia Tech owe their existence to the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, which gave public land for the establishment of colleges focused on practical education. The author of that legislation, Vermont Congressman Justin Morrill, lived just up the road from our own Captain Alden Partridge, who very well may have …

#142 The Charlotte Nichols Greene Memorial Carillon

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

“Carillon music has the quality of floating between the earth and the sky, and a carillon is capable of effects far different than any other instrument. As body and mind accustom themselves to the new form of music, there are times when only this instrument will satisfy.” – Professor Arthur Lynds Bigelow (1909–1967) In 1934, Charlotte Nichols Greene of Boston …