Norwich A-Z: Z is for Zadock Thompson

Zadock Thompson was the first person to write about Vermont history and natural sciences. His books include Gazetteer of the State of Vermont (1824), History of the State […]

Norwich A-Z: Y is for Yearbook

The oldest Hanover High School yearbook in our collection is Vol. II, No. 1, dated December, 1919. It includes a list of teachers and a variety of short stories, […]

Norwich A-Z: X is for Exam

Do you have boxes of your children’s schoolwork? We have a big collection of John and Catherine Killoran’s school work from the 1930s and 1940s including report cards, essays, […]

Norwich A-Z: W is for Warmer

I think people in the past must have generally had a higher tolerance for cold than we might today. Imagine attending church in the unheated Norwich meetinghouse, or going […]

Norwich A-Z: V is for Voting Box


We’re cheating a bit. This little box should really be called a ballot box. We have several such boxes in our collection and they are important reminders of Norwich’s […]

Norwich A-Z: U is for Uniform

This Brownie uniform was given to us by Rose Ladd Bender. It was made for her by her mother around 1941.

Rose recalls:

“In 1941 when I was about 6 years […]

Norwich A-Z: T is for Tank

This “Indian Tank” once belonged to the Norwich Fire Department. It could be worn as a backpack and used out in the field.  The 5-gallon tank of water is […]

Norwich A-Z: S is for Sampler

Emeline Gilkey crafted this small (7.5” x 8”) sampler in 1823 at the age of ten. Samplers were educational tools, much like horn books or slates, used to develop […]

Norwich A-Z: R is for Rake

This hay rake might be my favorite artifact in the collection. There is nothing that says summer more than the sweet smell of freshly cut hay, drying in […]

Norwich A-Z: Q is for Quilt


Last summer we received a beautiful quilt and silhouette for our collection. The quilt is said to have been made by Mary Eaton, here in Norwich, in the mid-nineteenth […]