NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “A Collector’s Roundtable” with panelists Elizabeth Kennedy, Ethan Merrill, and John Hart, on Wednesday, April 24, at noon. This free event, sponsored by the Sullivan Museum and History Center Associates, includes a light lunch and is free and open to the public.

We all collect something, from buttons to vehicles, ranging in numbers from just a few to thousands. The objects we collect can serve as reminders, a way to hold on to a moment, or they may represent our interests in a particular style or time. Each collection is as unique as the individual and their personal experiences. Join the Sullivan Museum and History Center for “A Collector’s Roundtable” to explore with our expert panelists how collections begin, grow, and eventually pass from one collector to another.

Elizabeth Kennedy is the Assistant Vice President of Development at Norwich but in her spare time, she is also the owner of “The Vintage Type,” a small antique business that operates in Boston and in Vermont. She has been collecting and selling art, antiques and collectible for 15 years. As a Norwich graduate herself (class of 2001), she has a particular interest in Norwich memorabilia and is always extra thrilled to find Norwich items when she is out on “the hunt.”

John Hart grew up in a family with a vested interest in history and eventually found his calling in museums as a collections manager and now directs the Sullivan Museum and History Center at Norwich University. He continues to work with collectors and collections at the university, and provides consultations for local historical societies in Vermont and New York.

Ethan Merrill was raised in one of Vermont’s premiere antique families. Duane Merrill & Co. has helped several local institutions and collectors grow collections of early American antiques, Folk Art, firearms, and Vermontiana.

Kennedy will speak about personal collecting, Hart on collecting for museums, and Merrill will speak about professional collecting. We will also explore what got each of the panelists interested in collecting; how do they go about collecting; the differences in their way of collecting; and how they collect objects in their current capacity. This will be an interactive panel discussion in which audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion with questions of their own.

This program is held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “200 Years—200 Objects: Highlights from the Collection,” open through Dec. 21, 2019. This exhibition celebrates the history and legacy of Norwich University in its bicentennial year and features objects from the museum’s eclectic collection.


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About the Sullivan Museum and History Center

Vermont’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 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. during the academic year. For more information about the programs or exhibit, please call 1 (802) 485-2183 or visit the website .

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 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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