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Nearly 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University will mark its 200th anniversary with a day of special events Sept. 28 at the site of its founding in Norwich, Vermont.

The public is invited to join Norwich officials, faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends for a full day of activities on the Norwich, Vermont, Town Green.

Dignitaries from Norwich University and Dartmouth College will participate in the ceremonies under a large tent. An ice cream social will run during the afternoon. Norwich’s Regimental Band, the nation’s oldest collegiate band, will perform and the Drill Team, known as the Shock Platoon, will provide a demonstration. 

The Norwich Historical Society will host “Citizens & Soldiers,” an exhibit created by Norwich’s Sullivan Museum & History Center. This traveling display highlights Norwich’s dynamic role in the development of the United States, and the contributions of her alumni to the nation and the world.

There will be a ceremonial wreath-laying on the grave of Norwich’s founder, Capt. Alden Partridge, and a walking tour of the village’s landmarks led by Professor Emeritus Gary Lord.  

Detailed highlights of the day include:

  • All day: “Citizens & Soldiers,” the Sullivan Museum and History Center’s traveling exhibit on display at the Norwich Historical Society
  • Noon to 3 p.m.: Ice cream social and activities under the tent on the Town Green:
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Regimental Band performance on the Green
  • 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.: Norwich’s drill team, Shock Platoon, demonstration
  • 1 p.m.: Program under the tent including remarks from dignitaries and Norwich’s
  • 1:45: Walking tour with historian Gary Lord begins at the Norwich Congregational Church

Norwich University wishes to thank the town of Norwich; the Norwich Historical Society; The Norwich Inn; and Dartmouth College, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year and with which Norwich University is intrinsically linked. Norwich University founder Capt. Alden Partridge grew up in the town of Norwich and attended Dartmouth College before attending West Point.


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