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.


Register online in our store (scroll down to "Programs") or call us at (952) 442-4234.

Upcoming Programs

All adult special programming free of charge unless otherwise noted.

German 101

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

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

Spring session 2018: Mondays, 4-6pm: 3/19. 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
Fall session 2018: Mondays, 6-8pm: 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 Location: CCHS
Cost: $50/members,$60/non-members
Ages: Adult

Swedish 102

Continuing on from last year’s Swedish 101 courses, this course will delve deeper and go farther in conversational Swedish. While it is a continuation of last year’s classes, new attendees will be just as capable of following along, as there is a review of past sessions in the beginning of this session. Emphasis on conversational Swedish, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks. Sign up for one or both sessions.

Spring session 2018: Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm: 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17
Fall session 2018: Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 Location: CCHS
Cost: $50/members,$60/non-members
Ages: Adult

Pickling, Packing and Preserving

So you have a garden and it over produced, and now you have 100 cucumbers with no idea of what to do with them. This program is designed for the beginner gardener or someone who wants to explore eating healthier with locally grown produce. We will be taking a step back in time and using hands-on techniques to learn how people before the age of refrigeration and today preserve fresh locally grown produce. Each week we will be learning a different technique for preserving food. Come ready and willing to work. Cost includes a basic canning book for use in all three sessions and for you to use at home. Bring a new pint jar with lid to each session. You may attend all three sessions or just one. Limit 10 people per session.

Dates: Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22
Time: 9 to noon or 12:30-3:30pm
Location: CCHS
Cost: $40/ per session or $70 for all three
Price includes the book “The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes.” Those attending all three sessions will receive one book which will be used at all three sessions. 10% member discount applies.

WWI Food: Substitutes and Making Do – A Recipe Share and Tasting

Wartime on the home-front in WWI and II often meant doing without to ensure soldiers had the supplies they needed. This often meant substituting in place of things like sugar. By exploring WWI era recipes and recreating them, here’s your chance to taste these substitutions and try these recipes for yourselves at home. This recipe share and tasting is open to all ages, and some of the recipes made Thanksgiving the best time to host.

Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 1-3pm
Location: CCHS  
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members

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