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Dear Norwich Community:

I am writing today with some updates on our plans for spring semester student arrivals, early semester campus operating practices, and additional specifics for the period covering Friday, January 15th through Monday, January 18th, 2021.

Effectively immediately, members of the Northfield community may use the university’s trail system on Paine Mountain for outdoor recreation. The campus facilities, including the Sabine Field track remain closed to the public.

While using the university’s trail system on Paine Mountain, community members are required to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Vermont Health Department guidelines including limiting group size to two people, physical distancing and wearing face masks.

Public access to the university’s trail system will remain in effect through Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, when we anticipate students will be returning to campus for the spring semester. We are grateful to everyone on the Norwich campus and in the Northfield community for your role in keeping us all safe and supporting our in-person college experience for our students in 2021.

August 31, 2016 – June 30, 2017

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.

Norwich University Office of Communications

August 1, 2017

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Explorers of Norwich” with an opening reception Thursday, Aug. 31, from 4-6 p.m. and a presentation to follow from 6-8 p.m.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served during the opening reception.

The exhibition, “Explorers of Norwich,” will focus on Norwich University alumni whose lives shaped and changed our nation during the mid-19th and early 20th Centuries. Hiram Paulding, George M. and George P. Colvocoresses, George M. Totten, General Grenville Dodge, William Brenton Boggs, Truman Seymour and many others traversed the nation, the continents and the world in search of new lands, new opportunities and new discoveries on behalf of the nation. On view will be items reflecting the stories of the U.S. Exploring Expedition or The Wilkes Expedition; building of the Panama Railroad; the Rodgers-Ringgold Exploring Expedition; and travels to the Northwest Passage and the interior of the newly acquired lands west of the Mississippi.

This exhibition is supported in part by the TAWANI Foundation, TAWANI Enterprises’ philanthropic organization, and several major museums in the Northeast.

This exhibit will feature many fascinating works of art, including drawings done by numerous artists, including William Brenton Boggs, Alfred Agate and Titian Ramsey Peale, of geographical scenes as well as botanical and animal specimens found on the various expeditions. Also on display will be Samuel Lancaster Gerry’s “Old Man in the Mountain,” painted about 1885. Gerry, a self-taught artist from Boston, was a leader of the White Mountain School of painting in the 1840s. This large – nearly 7 by 6 feet – painting is a beautiful example of his work that depicts New Hampshire’s most famous landmark.

Immediately following the Aug. 31 reception Tim Brookes will present “Discovering Mother Tongues; Cultural Erosion and the Future of the Written Word,” in the Museum conference room from 6 – 8 p.m. This presentation accompanies a companion exhibit to “Explorers of Norwich.” Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, Brookes’ presentation will delve more deeply into his carved pieces (on display, pictured left), leading a discussion on how technology will help—and always has helped—define the nature of communication, and showing how the story of a culture can be seen in its writing.

The companion displays of Brookes’ “Discovering Mother Tongues: Writing, Place and Identity,” is sponsored by Norwich University’s Academic Achievement Center and International Center as well as the Sullivan Museum and History Center. Brookes is a professor of English and the director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College. He is also the founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. This exhibition displays Brookes’ wooden carvings of texts from a writing system on the verge of extinction, carved in wood from the region where that culture has grown. This portion of the exhibition is sponsored by Norwich’s Academic Achievement Center and International Center, as well as the Sullivan Museum.

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