Introduction and Foreword
ST. OLAF COLLEGE is pleased to publish this record of significant events
to the history of the College as remembered by Miss Gertrud Hilleboe.
The author of Manitou Analecta is well qualified to reminisce. After
undergraduate days at St. Olaf she later occupied the position of Dean
of Women for 43 years. She also served as a teacher of Latin.
Miss Hilleboe's memory is impressive both in the breadth of college
activities it embraces and in the degree of detail with which many events
are recalled. Her story also makes no secret of her love for St. Olaf
and its ideals. She is one of those whose contribution to the College
far, exceeded any normal requirements of the positions she held or responsibilities
which were hers.
During the decade preceding the Centennial of the College in 1974 St.
Olaf will publish personal histories such as Manitou Analecta. The first
was My Years at St. Olaf by Paul G. Schmidt; published in 1967.
March 18, 1968
SIDNEY A. RAND, President
On many occasions both formal and informal during the years I was privileged
to serve as Dean of Women at St. Olaf I have been called upon to tell
something of the background and early history of St. Olaf and the days
when I went to college as well as incidents of later years. Repeatedly
I have been requested to put some of these accounts into writing. It is
in answer to these "tell me a story" requests that I am recording most
informally some of my remembrances and experiences. I make no attempt
at any connected historical presentation. But it is my hope that this
collection of jottings from Manitou Heights may be of help to some future
St. Olaf historian and even in its present limited scope prove a happy
reminder to former students of their days at St. Olaf.
Gertrude M. Hilleboe