The Vermont State House, the morning of the celebration.

NU Celebrates Bicentennial with Norwich University Day in Vermont’s Capital City

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is marking its 200th anniversary with a day of special events at the Vermont State House and throughout the Capital City Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

Norwich is partnering with Montpelier merchants to offer special promotions and chances to win prizes in a scavenger hunt taking place Feb. 11 to Feb. 19. And, the public is invited to join Norwich officials, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends for a full day of activities at the Vermont State House on Wednesday.

Events include an exhibit on the university’s history and contributions to the nation, a demonstration by Norwich’s Men’s and Women’s hockey teams on the State House lawn ice rink, and Norwich’s Regimental Band — the nation’s oldest collegiate band — performing at the Farmer’s Night concert.

NU Celebrates Bicentennial

Other highlights of the day (Wednesday, Feb. 20) include:

  • All day: Sullivan Museum and History Center’s “Citizens & Soldiers” exhibit on display in the Cedar Creek Room
  • 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.: State House tours with state curator David Schütz highlighting Norwich-related art and artifacts
  • 11-11:45 a.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.: Narration of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the role of the Vermont Brigade by Vermont historian Howard Coffin
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Norwich Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey teams in action on the State House rink
  • 4-5 p.m.: Presentation and book signing with Alex Kershaw, historian and New York Times bestselling author of “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University”
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.: Farmer’s Night Concert featuring the Norwich University Regimental Band, the nation’s oldest collegiate band

Also on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Three Penny Taproom on Main Street in Montpelier will donate $1 to The Veterans’ Place—a transitional house in Northfield—from every 14th Star beer sold.


On the day of the event, a shuttle is available to and from campus for students and staff, departing from the Sullivan Museum and History Center at the following times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 4 p.m. The return shuttle departs the State House at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Information and Detailed Schedule

These businesses are participating in the Scavenger Hunt: Birchgrove Baking, Global Gifts, Bailey Road, Capitol Stationers, Woodbury Mountain Toys, Rebel Heart, No. 9 Boutique, The Alley, Chill Gelato, Capitol Grounds, Guitar Sam, Splash, Alla Vita, Capital Kitchen, Marigold Adornment, Salaam, Roam Vermont, North Branch Café, Sweet Melissa’s, Sarduccis, The Drawing Board, Delish and Bear Pond Books.

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 Capt. 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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