Past Exhibits


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

World War: America and the Creation of a Superpower

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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.

Other objects on display include trench art, uniforms, medals and objects from the field. The exhibit also includes a listening station that will take visitors back in time to experience the home front via radio broadcasts during World War II.

Also in 2010.25webconjunction with the exhibit, all are invited to participate in a free book discussion series called “The Path to War,” co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. The series will run from September through December and feature monthly discussions of four books which can be borrowed, free of charge, from the Museum starting on July 28. Three discussions will be moderated by Mark Stoler and one by Alan Berolzheimer. Mark Stoler is professor emeritus of history at UVM. He specializes in U.S. diplomatic and military history and is the author of numerous books and articles. Alan Berolzheimer is the project historian and assistant director of The Flow of History, a Teaching American History program providing professional development activities to Vermont Teachers. All discussions will begin at 7 pm in the museum conference room, light refreshments will be served.

· September 8 ~ America’s Great War: World War I and the American Experience by Robert H. Zieger, moderated by Alan Berolzheimer
· October 13 ~ The American People in World War II: Freedom From Fear by David Kennedy, moderated by Mark Stoler
· November 10 ~ “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II by Studs Terkel, moderated by Mark Stoler
· December 8 ~ No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin, moderated by Mark Stoler

For more information about the exhibit, reception or to register for the book group, please call the Museum at 802-485-2183 or visit our webpage at

Saddle Up! Norwich Cavalry: Training, Touring and Tactics on Horseback

January 18, 2016 – July 15, 2016Calvarydrawing

The story of the Norwich Cavalry and its establishment is full of wonderful images of the days when equines were part of the daily life at the University. Fascinating facts and “firsts” at Norwich come to life with life size imagery, sounds and objects from our cavalry history. This exhibition looks back at the time when Norwich ruled on the Polo fields and made history in the new sport of endurance racing. The exhibition will included details of daily riding instruction and care of the three breeds of horses in the program, and also chronicles the brief, but famous hunt for Pancho Villa. In 1916 President Ira Reeves released Col. Frank Thompkins to support this effort on behalf of the US Army, and Norwich horses were at their side. Daily updates were made in the NY Times on their tour seeking out this infamous character on both the American and Mexican landscape. Join us for an in-depth look at the distinguished history of the Cavalry at Norwich. This exhibition will open January 18, 2016 and continue through June 30, 2016.

Women of Norwich: Trailblazers and Torchbearers








Photo courtesy of Nancy Young (NU ’76)

August 21-December 18, 2015

Women at Norwich have been an integral part of the success of the University. While many women during the early years of the Academy were “behind the scenes” their contributions were important, lasting and helped shape the institution Norwich is today. This exhibition features many facets of the women who were “first”. First ladies of the Norwich Presidents, first women Cadets in the Corps and first women in fields where they have not traditionally been employed or deployed. Join us for a view into Norwich from perspectives of notables such as Captain Alden Partridge’s wife Anne Partridge, the first eight women to enter the Corps of Cadets as well as today’s Women of Norwich, both Civilian and Cadet.







Photo courtesy of Mark Collier/NU Staff Photographer

Read more about our exhibits in Museum News.

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

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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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