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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?
The exhibit, which is aligned with the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into WWI in 1917 and the 75th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWII in 1941, and the exhibit examined the way these wars have defined the country’s place in the world.
Featured objects include propaganda posters from the Sullivan Museum’s own collection, on loan from the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Burlington, and the Pritzker Military Museum in Chicago. These posters offer a fascinating look into how war objectives were communicated to the country. Also on exhibit will be a rare complete “Hello Girls” uniform, on generous loan from Norwich alumnus James Mullin. Hello Girls were bilingual switchboard operators who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I.
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.
Women at Norwich have been an integral part of the success of the University. While many women during the early years of the Academy were “behind the scenes” their contributions were important, lasting and helped shape the institution Norwich is today. This exhibition features many facets of the women who were “first”. First ladies of the Norwich Presidents, first women Cadets in the Corps and first women in fields where they have not traditionally been employed or deployed. Join us for a view into Norwich from perspectives of notables such as Captain Alden Partridge’s wife Anne Partridge, the first eight women to enter the Corps of Cadets as well as today’s Women of Norwich, both Civilian and Cadet.