We chose the name “Maude” to honor her forward thinking and positive contributions to her community.
Maude Armatage, was born in 1870 to a family who owned a farm – on what is now the entire Armatage neighborhood. Her grandparents founded Harmony, MN, later to become Richfield, then annexed by Minneapolis in the mid 1900s. The Armatage family were civic leaders, founding the library, school, church and parks. Maude continued that tradition, living by the motto of “civilized leisure”.
Maude, elected to the Park Board in 1920 – just one year after women got the vote – was one of the first women to run for public office in Minnesota and the first woman to serve on the Minneapolis Park Board. She was a lifetime member of the Board, retiring from her position of Commissioner-At-Large, at the age 78.
With leaders such as Theodore Wirth, she founded our fabulous park system and fostered the “greening” of our city and was a guiding light and driving force in helping Minneapolis to come of age in the 20th century.