Past Exhibits

These are examples of exhibitions previously featured at the Sullivan Museum and History Center

1865: Out of the Ashes
Assassination, Reconstruction, and Healing the Nation


January 19 – July 31, 2015

Our fifth and final exhibition in our series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibition focused on the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination, the rehabilitation and restoration of the South and efforts toward moving the country into a unified whole.



 Kara Walker: Juxtaposition
Contemporary Specters and Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War


January 19 – July 31, 2015

A collection of images on loan from Mount Holyoke College.

In choosing Kara Walker’s series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) as a partner exhibition to the fifth and final exhibition commemorating the Civil War, our objective was to pose questions to our audience about the legacy of the Civil War, its continued effects and how we view them today.

Arthur Schaller

Billboard Buildings: Collage and Mixed Media

Billboard Building #15, Collection of the Artist

Billboard Building #15, Collection of the Artist

June 6, 2014 – December 19, 2014

An architect and working artist, Arthur Schaller has taught architectural design and related courses for over 40 years. For the past 16 years, he has taught at the School of Architecture and Art at Norwich University. Schaller’s new works are collages of printed material glued onto board. Surfaces are cut or ripped from printed publications and sorted by color, texture or image fragment. Schaller says he produces many of the works in series, exploring a guiding theme or concept until it was exhausted, making room for a new influence. “Billboard Buildings” are variations on frontal views of rambling—but ordered—long, thin buildings perched on legs that stand in rich color and textural space.

1864: Some Suffer So Much

"1864: They Suffer So Much" exhibit

Jan. 13 – Dec. 19, 2014

The exhibition examines the role of Norwich University alumni as military surgeons who treated the wounded soldiers on the battlefields and in hospitals and traces the history of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Civil War to the present, along with other themes.

Read more about the exhibit. (pdf)


Round, an exhibit at the Sullivan Museum

Through May 2014

This exhibit brings together objects based on their circular shape. Ranging from familiar items, such as a uniform button, to oddities like a foot-powered dentist’s drill, this playful random sampling of the museum’s collection highlights the diversity of the Norwich experience.

These Honored Dead: Private and National Commemoration

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April 8-Dec. 20, 2013

This is the third in our series of exhibits marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. We explore the contributions made by Norwich alumni during the pivotal year of 1863. The exhibit also considers mourning rituals in 19th-Century America.

View a brochure of the exhibit. (pdf)

Useful and Elegant Accomplishments

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Jan. 14-June 30, 2013

An exhibit of 19th-Century landscape drawings

Read a brochure of this exhibit. (pdf)

1861-1862: Toward a Higher Moral Purpose

Sullivan Museum image, Toward a Higher Moral Purpose

Aug. 13, 2012 – April 13, 2013

The second in a series of exhibits on Norwich University and the Civil War

Read a brochure of this exhibit. (pdf)

“Russian Only Please”

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March 22, 2012 – Jan. 2013

A History of the Norwich University Russian School (1968-2000)

Read a brochure of this exhibit. (pdf)

The Challenge and Compromise of Slavery

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Oct. 2011 – July 2012

The first in a series of exhibits on Norwich University and the Civil War

Strike Up the Band

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2011- March 2012

An exhibit of musical instruments and the history of the Norwich Band

Touch the Sound

April 6 – Sept. 31, 2011

An exhibit exploring the use of sound across Norwich disciplines

Building and Beyond

Feb. 14 – March 25, 2011

A history of architecture at Norwich and projects by current architecture students

The Role of Remembrance

Oct. 10, 2010 – Jan. 31, 2011

An exhibit on World War II and Norwich University

Face to Face

March 3-Aug. 31, 2010

An exhibit of portraiture from the Norwich University collection

NU and the Buffalo Soldiers


Hooked on Hockey


An exhibit celebrating 100 years of Norwich Hockey

Ice Pilots


Norwich and the U.S. Antarctic Program

Inspired by Stories: Artists Reflect on the Historical Collection of the Sullivan Museum

May-August 2009

Arctic Visions


An exhibit of Inuit art from the collection of Dr. Robert Christie (NU’44)

NU Visions Abroad


A multimedia exhibition of NU students working with communities overseas

Climb to Conquer


60 Years of Mountain Cold Weather (1947–2007)

Scholars, Citizens, Soldiers


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