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.


Find the programs in our calendar and use the Register link, or call us at (952) 442-4234.

Upcoming Programs

All adult special programming free of charge unless otherwise noted.


In partnership with the Carver County Libraries:

Retro Recipe Swap

Did great-grandma, dad, or childhood best friend Martha Stewart have a recipe for the best (or worst) tater tot hot dish ever? Are you the keeper of the holiday cookie recipe passed down for eons? Did you come up with the best allergy-free brownie ever? Then share! We’re having a recipe swap for main dishes and desserts in honor of the CCHS exhibit recreating kitchens of the 1870s, 1930s, and 1950s, and check out some of our cookbooks, or take a look at theirs for some old-school inspiration.

Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10:30 am-noon
Location: Waconia Library

Top 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota

Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today?

That was the big question behind a public education campaign led by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. U of M Horticulture professor Mary Meyer spearheaded the initiative, partnering with the Arboretum, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and U of M Extension.

After considering more than 100 different plants nominated by the public from early February through April 15, 2012, a panel of experts met to determine the final top ten. Plants were judged by their impact – both positive and negative – in six areas: environmental; economic or industrial; cultural/spiritual; historical; sustenance; and landscape.

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: 2pm
Location: Andrew Peterson Historic Farm, 8060 Minnesota Highway 5, Waconia

Regular Program Topics

All regular program options are available at the museum or offsite. Offsite programming is $25/program, with a discount offered for multiple programs offered on the same day. Mileage applies to locations outside Carver County.

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