#186 The Alden Partridge Stamp Was Issued on the Wrong Date

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Thirty-four years ago, Norwich University celebrated another bicentennial milestone on a national scale. 1985 marked the 200th anniversary of our founder’s birth in the town of Norwich, Vt. For those following along at home, this means he was just 34 years old when he founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. In honor of his 200th birthday, the U.S. …

#183 The Mayo Family of Northfield

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

Originally from nearby Moretown, Dr. William Mayo first opened a private medical practice in the village of Northfield, Vt., in 1877. He was only 23 years old and had just received his M.D. from the Homeopathic Medical College in New York City. These were the earliest years of medical education and professional practice as we think of them today; the …

#180 The Story of the Alden Partridge Lithograph

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In addition to depicting our founder, this unique color lithograph is an important artistic representation of our university’s historic campus in Norwich, Vt.—even if it did include some artistic license. The lithographic plate was designed to illustrate a two-page biographical sketch of the captain that appeared in the U.S. Military Magazine in May of 1842. At the time the Partridge …

#174 Ten Years of the Todd Lecture Series

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

President Emeritus Major General W. Russell Todd ‘50 made a deep impact on Norwich during his time as president. His late wife, known affectionately as Carol, was also a beloved and influential figure during his tenure from 1982 to 1992. Her many contributions include the founding of the Peace Corps Preparatory Program, which became a model for similar programs at …

#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, …