Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center presents new exhibit on cavalry


December 17, 2015

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Saddle Up! Norwich Cavalry: Training, Touring and Tactics on Horseback,” with an opening reception to be held on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is free and open to the public.

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 Norwich’s 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.

The Sullivan Museum and History Center is located on the Northfield campus of Norwich University. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. There is no charge for admission to the museum. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website ( or Facebook page (

Editor’s note: Photo courtesy of Norwich Archives.


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). 

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