Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie

Ted Kolderie, Citizens League executive director from 1967 to 1980

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, Steve Seel, and Rep. Carlos Mariani at a Policy and a Pint session.

Art Rolnick, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the University of Minnesota and a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute, left, joins host Steve Seel of The Current and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, at a Policy and a Pint session Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis to talk about student debt.

Citizens League

Since 1952, the Citizens League has had a major impact on public policies in Minnesota. A group of civic leaders had the idea of inviting leaders from different parts of the community to the table to solve big policy issues. This meant bringing together lawmakers, union leaders, heads of Minnesota companies, and experts from universities and industries. As a group, these experts and leaders would study an issue and then write a research paper they could all agree on. Then they would do the political work required to make their conclusions a reality.

Heart-shaped valentine, labeled "To Miss Sanford"

Valentine given to Maria Sanford, 1913

Valentine given to Maria Sanford by University of Minnesota Students.
Minnesota Historical Society Manuscripts Collection, Maria L. Sanford Papers, 1851-1920

"To Miss Sanford
Vivid, buoyant,
Tireless, fluent;
Full of vim,
An occasional whim;
Never a shirk
Not afraid of work,
For mind, or heart, or hand;
A love of beauty,
A sense of duty,
As quick to obey as command;
A brain right clear,
A heart full of cheer,
Eloquent lips touched by altar’s coal;
Still she is, humanly,
Just plain womanly,
With face--index of beautiful soul.
Just as good as she is great,
The best-loved woman of the North Star State.
Feb. 14, 1913"

Sanford Hall, University of Minnesota.

Sanford Hall, University of Minnesota.

Sanford Hall, built in 1910 and named for Maria Sanford, was the first women's dormitory at the University of Minnesota, c. 1915.

Statue of Maria Sanford by Evelyn Raymond, to be placed in the U.S. Captiol, Washington D.C.

Statue of Maria Sanford by Evelyn Raymond, to be placed in the U.S. Captiol, Washington D.C.

Statue of Maria Sanford by sculptor Evelyn Raymond, placed in the U. S. Capitol, 1958.

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from a convocation in honor of her eightieth birthday

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from a convocation in honor of her eightieth birthday

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from the convocation honoring her eightieth birthday.

Maria Louise Sanford

Maria Louise Sanford

Maria Louise Sanford, c. 1880.

Professor Maria Louise Sanford, 1918.

Maria Louise Sanford

Professor Maria Louise Sanford in Minneapolis, 1918.

Sanford, Maria (1836–1920)

One of the first female professors in the United States, Maria Sanford was an English professor at the University of Minnesota for nearly thirty years. Her exceptional teaching, notable public lectures, and active community leadership led many to call her "the best loved woman in Minnesota."

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