Carver County Historical Society

Adult Education Programs

The Carver County Historical Society is proud to offer a variety of educational programs for adults. Through the use of artifacts, maps, historical photos, and other primary sources, adults can learn how national events affected local history. All of our programs offer a hands-on learning experience for adults.

Upcoming Programs

The CCHS is proud to offer monthly free family days at the museum with games and activities. Four times a year, a special event or program or tour of a unique county location, is offered as well. Come take advantage of these free learning opportunities and explore amazing Carver County!

Swedish Language 101

Have you ever wanted to learn Swedish? To talk with relatives or travel to Sweden and converse or travel with ease? The CCHS is providing two 6-week courses on conversational Swedish. This class will focus on pronunciation and vocabulary. While learning the language, explore the culture of Sweden through cultural activities designed to be fun, while also aiding in language instruction.

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks. A Swedish dictionary is recommended but not required. Sign up for one or both sessions.

Spring session 2017: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25  
Fall session 2017: 10/17, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28
Time: Tuesdays, 6pm
Location: CCHS  
Cost: $50/members, $60/non-members
Ages: 12 and up (children must attend with adult)

Crown College – Celebrating 100 Years

How much do you really know about the history of the community you live in? Here’s your chance to find out more about local entity Crown College. Join faculty from the college and explore its unique history. See in the beautiful stained glass windows the path of a Jesuit student, learn of Crown College’s unique history and how an evangelical Christian college came to inhabit a Jesuit monastery.

Explore some of the commonalities and differences between these two separate entities which have shared this one unique facility.

Date/Time:  Thursday March 30 at 7pm, Saturday April 1 at 10am 
Location: 8700 College View Dr, St. Boni, MN 55375  (meet at front entrance)
Cost: FREE

Andrew Peterson Farm Tours

Come and enjoy an informational walking tour of the Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead, located along Highway 5 in Waconia. Dress comfortably in walking attire and appropriate footwear. Be prepared for sun and warm weather. Must pre-register! Space is limited to 20 people so register today – call (952) 442-4234.

Dates: Saturdays, April 8 and April 22
Time: 10am–12pm
Location: Andrew Peterson Historic Farm, 8060 Minnesota Highway 5, Waconia
Cost: Donations welcome!

Art @ Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead

Experience the art of landscape drawing the way it was meant to be experienced.  For this outdoor landscape class, we will begin with charcoal sketches and then progress on to pastel to create luminous shadow, light and color. On site at the Historic Andrew Peterson Farmstead, you will learn to compose a charcoal and pastel drawing of nature in action along side local artist Jane Bodahl.  Jane is well known for her beautiful paintings of Lake Waconia. Must pre-register! Be weather prepared: hat, sunscreen, bugspray, water.

Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 1–4pm
Location: Andrew Peterson Historic Farm, 8060 Minnesota Highway 5, Waconia
Cost: $55/person
Register through the Unearthed Arts website:

iPads and Genealogy – New Tech Options

Are you interested in family history, but tired of piles of paper and lugging around a bulky laptop? Are you looking for new programs and formats for your genealogy endeavors? Come explore options using iPads, those lightweight and portable friendly devices. Explore a variety of new apps that may fit your needs and bring your own iPad for hands-on learning and exploration.

Date: Saturday, November 18 (November’s Genealogy Club meeting)
Time: doors open at 10am, class at 10:30am
Location: CCHS Research Library
Cost: FREE

Additional Program Topics

Program topics available include (but are not limited to):

  • General Carver County history
  • Ghost Towns
  • Carver County and Minnesota in the Civil War
  • Cyclone! Waconia History
  • Coney Island of the West
  • Stiftungsfest
  • History of Cookbooks
  • Extraordinary Sacrifices
  • Carver County Heritage Series: Deustch, Svensk, Native American
  • Rosie the Riveter and Women in WWII
  • Historic Farmsteads and Preservation
  • Parades, Polio and Peaceniks: A History of the Carver County Fair
  • Fighting Fire in Carver County
  • Seminary Fen
  • Hope in Hard Times: Life in the Great Depression
  • The Noble Experiment: Breweries vs. Prohibition
  • Fear and Fallout: The Red Scare
  • Disaster Series: Blizzards
  • Disaster Series: Grasshopper Plagues