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Nearly 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich

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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

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).

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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