Celebrating Carleton's 150th birthday
The Carleton community celebrated its sesquicentennial in myriad ways.
Carleton's First President
In 1870, Northfield College appointed its first president: James Woodward Strong, then the minister of the Congregational Church in Faribault.
Strike Against the War in Vietnam
In May of 1970, after the invasion of Cambodia, students and faculty voted overwhelmingly to hold a moratorium on classes for a week. Instead of regular courses, "teach-ins" were led by faculty.
Eleanor "Ele" Hansen
Eleanor "Ele" Hansen will forever be known as one of the true matriarchs of women’s athletics, not only at Carleton but also across the country.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
In 1948, a cast of Carleton College students gathered on the stage of Nourse Little Theater to perform the world premiere of Bertolt Brecht's epic play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
The odd Carleton mania for stealing and periodically displaying a plaster bust of the German poet seems to date from about 1957.
Take a look back at students who have attended Carleton from abroad through the last century.
21st Birthday Sit-In
"It was my 21st birthday," recalls alumna Beth Lewis '71. "May 7, 1970. I woke early to get on a bus with students from Carleton and St. Olaf and a few faculty, including Paul Wellstone..."
Dean Blayney and the Third Reich
How did Lindsey Thomas Blayney—Dean of Carleton College between 1926 and 1946—come to find himself in the company of Nazis in Heidelberg in 1936? Paul Petzschmann, lecturer and research associate in European Studies, has the story.
Thorstein Veblen, Class of 1880
Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929), class of 1880, was the founder of the "institutionalist" school of economics and is counted among Carleton's most famous alumni.
Masao "Frank" Shigemura '45
Frank Shigemura '45—an American son of Japanese immigrants—was "relocated" by the U.S. government from the University of Washington to Carleton in 1942.
How did the newly formed Northfield College define academic excellence? We take a peek into the earliest annual catalogs of the college for the required curriculum.
Arrested with Paul Wellstone
"I was just eighteen years old in May 1970 when I got myself arrested with Paul Wellstone, then a twenty-six year old untenured professor of government at Carleton College." –Kai Bird ’73
Dean Outlaws Radios & Victrolas
"What advantage is there in the almost uninterrupted stream of jazz, advertising, and hokum which the radio brings? Young people who are now in college have grown up in a bedlam world." -Carleton parent, 1931
Carleton Slang Circa 1963
"Let's hum up to the Cits," and other campus slang of 1963.
The tunnels beneath campus closed in 1988, but still bear the graffiti of countless Carleton class years.
Since its dedication in October 1976, the Japanese garden nestled behind Watson Hall has been a favorite destination for Carls seeking a place of quiet reflection.
The first building constructed for Carleton College on the present campus was completed in 1872.
The earliest reference to Freshmen Hazing at Carleton is a cartoon in the 1893 Algol which shows sophomores "bouncing" hapless frosh males and then forcing them to run a gauntlet of dirt clods.
William Carleton: The College Eponym
In March of 1871, William Carleton pledged $50,000 to endow Northfield College.
See a selection of Carleton pranks across the decades.
Coat of Arms
The Carleton coat of arms was adopted by the college in 1898 for use by the Athletic union.
Each year, the Carleton men's basketball and football teams vie for the coveted "Goat Trophy" against their crosstown rivals, St. Olaf College.
Metric Football Game
In the fall of 1977, Carleton hosted the first and only NCAA-sanctioned metric football game.
Carleton's Religious Ties
For many decades, Carleton had a close association with Christian churches, dating from its founding by the the General Congregational Church Conference of Minnesota.
The original sundial was dedicated in 1921 in memory of Anna Lincoln, who worked at Carleton from 1879 to 1909, first as a matron and then as superintendent of Gridley Hall.
The World War II Era
Altogether 1,502 Carleton men and women served in the armed forces during World War Two, and 55 men lost their lives.
Campus radio has been dear to Carleton for nearly 100 years, ever since the physics department took to the airwaves in 1921 to communicate with other colleges. From the advent of the KARL station in 1948 to KRLX today, however, student-run stations have been the radio mainstay.