Feb 072013

A Norwich Winter tradition since 1916, the Winter Carnival has proven to lift cadet and civilian student’s spirits alike during the long doldrums months.  Originally conceived in the mind of the great K.R.B. Flint, Norwich’s Winter Carnival was first proposed as a day out doors for Norwich cadets and local school students to come and enjoy a “steak roast” and participate in bonfires, skiing, ski jumps, snow shoe races, and ”skijoring”.

Person on skis being pulled by a horse and rider

Skijoring, ca. 1917-1921

This Carnival went through several iterations throughout the years and eventually included a Formal Ball, college level sports competitions, concerts, bonfire parties and snow sculpting.

Person building a snow sculpture

Sculpting at Winter Carnival, 1963

K.R.B. Flint’s creation continues to live on the Hill and every February a Winter Ball is thrown in the Wise Campus Center’s Abare Rook Dining Hall.

Cover of a Winter Carnival event programCover of a "Winter Wonderland" event program

For more information and pictures regarding the Winter Carnival through the years, be sure to stop by the Norwich University Archives and Special Collections located on the 5th Floor of the Kreitzberg Library between the hours of 1PM and 6PM Monday through Friday.


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