Norwich University celebrates 200 years with Founder’s Day in Norwich, Vermont, September 28

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Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will mark its 200th anniversary with a day of special events at the site of its founding in Norwich, Vermont, on Saturday, September 28. The public is invited to join Norwich officials, faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends for a full day of activities on the Town Green in Norwich, Vermont.

Dignitaries from Norwich University as well as Dartmouth College will take part in the ceremonies under a large tent. There will be an ice cream social throughout 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.

Portrait of Captain Alden Partridge, courtesy Norwich University.

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 Norwich Founder Captain Alden Partridge’s (pictured) grave, and a walking tour of the village’s landmarks led by Professor Emeritus Gary Lord. 

The college eventually moved to its now-home in Northfield in order to accommodate its growth.

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
  • 12-3: Ice cream social and activities under the tent on the Town Green:
    • 12-12:30: Regimental Band performance on the Green
    • 12:30-12:45: Norwich’s drill team, Shock Platoon, demonstration
    • 1:00: 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 whom Norwich University is intrinsically linked. Norwich University Founder Captain Alden Partridge grew up in the town of Norwich and attended Dartmouth College before attending West Point.

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 celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. 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. For information please go to:

Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am