Carleton Sesquicentennial
  • Arriving

    A Sesquicentennial Celebration

    A lot changes in 150 years. This commemorative issue looks back at where we’ve been and suggests where we might go from here.

  • Carleton Presidents Edwards, Lewis, Oden, and Poskanzer

    View from the Top

    “College is just the beginning of a joyful mission. One can always go on learning. And it seems to me that Carleton faculty members have kept that joy present at Carleton.”

  • Trompe l’oeil of a train tunnel within the Carleton tunnels.

    The Carleton Tunnels: A (Fictional) History

    “Did I mention that the tunnels are still featured in Carleton’s recruiting brochure? They sold me on tunnels, and now there are no tunnels. Just saying.”

  • John Hassett with Skinner Chapel

    Anniversary Presents

    “Goodsell is round; and Legos, of course, are not.”

  • Cowling Campus Plan

    Alternate Reality

    Over the years, Carleton has commissioned architectural plans for buildings that were never realized. Fortunately, the plans remain.

  • Timeline (detail)

    The Life of Carleton

    150 years at a glance.

  • Bob McFadden ’66 and Michelle Mastrianni ’16

    Generation Gap

    Members of the Classes of 1966 and 2016 compare notes about their college experiences.

  • Laurence McKinley Gould

    Faculty Legends

    150 years of great Carleton teachers.

  • A Party for the Ages

    A Party for the Ages

    “Providence has worked all things for good. We are here to toast the enduring success of my exceedingly fine college, after all!”

  • SS Carleton Victory

    The Carleton of the Seas

    “Carleton’s first offspring of the sea is a well built, fast ship manned by a competent, far above average captain and crew.”

  • Souvenirs and programs, 1915

    Thanks for the Memories

    In the days before Facebook and Instagram, Carleton students preserved and shared their memories in scrapbooks.

  • Carleton campus

    The Carleton Experience

    “We look forward to a student body that changes every day.”

    • Carleton Arboretum

      The Arboretum

      “We now have a place that is a huge benefit not just to animal species, but also as an academic resource to students and faculty members in art, biology, geology, archeology, and anthropology.”

    • Carleton Farm

      The Carleton Farm

      No one ever said operating a dairy farm would be easy.

    • <em>Carletonian</em> front page, March 14, 1927

      The Carletonian

      “The object of a campus newspaper is to make people mad.”

    • Student throwing Frisbee


      “It’s a fun game that anybody can play, even if you’re not into sports. And, as far as team sports go, it’s something students can rally around.”

    • The Cave

      The Cave

      “That first taste of performing in front of other students was a big reason we decided to commit ourselves to music.”

    • KRLX


      “KRLX gave me the opportunity to have my own show and play the music I wanted to hear on the radio.”

    • Rock, Boliou, from Vantage Points: Campus as Place, 2001, toned silver gelatin print

      Art Collection

      “It is impossible to pick a mere 10 favorites from among the 3,000 or so objects that constitute the Carleton art collection.”

    • <em>The Poems of John Keats</em>

      Special Collections

      Carleton’s Special Collections houses a treasure trove of rare books and other items.

    • Women in the natural sciences

      Academic Hallmarks

      10 academic hallmarks that have contributed to Carleton’s outstanding reputation.

    • Women’s Basketball, ca. 2001–04

      Varsity Athletics

      Carleton’s first formal intercollegiate athletic contest took place on May 14, 1887. Here are 10 highlights from the following 129 years.

    • Bubbles at Opening Convocation

      Student Life

      Carleton student traditions from Dacie Moses House to the Rotblatt softball field.