Forged & Fired: The Art of Weaponry, Feb 13

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Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center Presents New Exhibit, “Forged & Fired: The Art of Weaponry”

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Forged & Fired: The Art of Weaponry,” an exhibition featuring the skilled artistry and practical design of weapons, with an opening reception Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4–6 p.m.

Swords and firearms were used by soldiers for battle, as well as for hunting, self-defense, and sport. Elaborate designs, excellent craftsmanship, and opulent materials make weapons highly valuable for collectors. In this exhibition, we explore swords and firearms from various cultures. Weapons by each culture and period may be similar in purpose but creatively different. We further explore the way weapons are depicted in art and their role in storytelling whether on the battlefield, in ceremony, as symbolic meaning, or as a status symbol of the bearer.

Drawing from our permanent collection, this exhibition includes some of our finest and most significant weapons, with remarkable loans from The International Spy Museum, the Fleming Museum of Art, at the University of Vermont, Vermont Historical Society, Fenimore Art Museum, Northfield Historical Society, and other private lenders.

The exhibit includes: 40 swords and sabers; 10 daggers; 5 knives; 3 short swords; 40 guns, pistols, rifles, revolvers, and shotguns; and 25 works of art as well as various steampunk weapons and reproduction weapons from Star Wars and Star Trek.

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 802-485-2183 or visit




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).


Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 4:00pm