#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

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“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 …

#138 The Only Accredited Architecture Program in Northern New England Follows in Alden Partridge’s Footsteps

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In the mid-1880s, Lewis College had just transitioned back to being called Norwich University. The school had been teetering on the brink of financial collapse just a few years prior, and had been rescued by alumnus Charles Lewis. It was during this period of recovery that Norwich offered, for the first time, a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Architectural drawing had …

#134 “Giving Returning Veterans the Best We Have” After WWII And Today

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

In August 1945, President Homer Dodge issued a statement in the Norwich Record about veterans seeking an education at Norwich. He articulated the diverse needs of the veteran student body and pledged the university’s support for veterans of varied backgrounds and experiences. The president committed Norwich to “giving returning veterans the best we have.” The policies he implemented included allowing …

#131 For 110 Years, the Record Has Connected Alumni With Their Norwich Family

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, This Week in History

During this festive season, we seek to connect with our loved ones near and far. That is precisely the spirit in which the Norwich Record was started 110 years ago. In 1907, the main publication regularly coming out of Norwich University was the Reveille. The Reveille was founded in 1860 by a student who owned a printing press and his …