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To demonstrate who we are in the present through interaction with our past, our community, our beliefs, and the vision that we hold for the future.

 

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The Sullivan Museum and History Center is most fortunate to be able to partner as an Affiliate with the Smithsonian Institution.

This partnership brings multiple opportunities to Norwich University enabling access to the nation’s collection throughout the 19 Smithsonian Museums, including access to major collections pertinent to the history of Norwich University, Vermont and the story of our contributions to American history and our nation’s development. In addition, the Sullivan Museum and History Center will be able to share our collections with other Affiliates across the nation.


Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center presents new exhibit, “200 Years—200 Objects.”

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “200 Years—200 Objects,” an exhibition celebrating the university’s bicentennial, with an opening reception Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, from 4–6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during the opening reception. The new exhibit will remain open until December 21, 2019.

When Norwich University’s founder, Captain Alden Partridge, purchased two Wilson globes for his academy in 1820, he unwittingly started a collection that ultimately became the Sullivan Museum and History Center at Norwich University. Partridge’s legacy as an educational pioneer, as well as contributions of all citizens and soldiers who have walked the campus of Norwich University, is preserved and housed in museum storage. In the final celebratory year of the university’s bicentennial, the Sullivan Museum and History Center will exhibit 200 objects from its collection, many of which have never been on exhibit while others have not been exhibited in quite some time.

“200 Years—200 Objects” is an exhibition thoughtfully curated to include objects from the museum collection, as well as documents and images from Archives and Special Collections, that reflect and retell the university’s 200-year history. The exhibition will feature a display case with pull-out drawers in the spirit of early “cabinets of curiosities,” which were meant to intrigue museum visitors and showcase a collection.

As Norwich celebrates the history and legacy that began with Captain Partridge and his original school, the Academy, which continues with current cadets, civilians, faculty, staff, and alumni, Norwich invites the public to explore how each person may fit into the story of Norwich University.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center features permanent exhibitions and changing exhibitions. The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., excluding holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.norwich.edu/museum.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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August 31, 2017 – June 30, 2018 (Part One)
August 17, 2018 – December 21, 2018 (Part Two)

“Explorers of Norwich”

August 31, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Our popular culture, past and present, is full of images and stories of exploration. It’s still one of the ways we define adventure and excitement.

But what about the explorees? The people who were going about their daily lives as usual in places they thought of as home, when one day strangers appeared wearing odd clothes, speaking odd languages, quite likely carrying unfamiliar weapons? How did these encounters affect them and their ways of life, their sense of their own history and purpose and identity and value?

January 18 – July 15, 2016

The story of the Norwich Cavalry and its establishment is full of wonderful images of the days when equines were part of the daily life at the University Fascinating facts and “firsts” at Norwich come to life with life size imagery, sounds and objects from our cavalry history.

This exhibition looks back at the time when Norwich ruled on the Polo fields and made history in the new sport of endurance racing. The exhibition will included details of daily riding instruction and care of the three breeds of horses in the program, and also chronicles the brief, but famous hunt for Pancho Villa.

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