The Carver County Historical Society's mission is to Collect, Preserve and Interpret the history of Carver County.
Established in 1940, the Carver County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization. Located across from Bayview Elementary School in Waconia, the Historical Society’s museum was expanded in 1998 to better serve the public. The museum houses five local history exhibits, a veterans’ exhibit and a local history and genealogy library. There is no charge to visit the museum or library. Researchers are welcome to use the Historical Society’s non-circulating library. The library contains records and materials dealing with Carver County including census materials, naturalization records, local newspapers, maps, photographs and local history books.
In 2015, the CCHS added the Historic Andrew Peterson Farm. The diaries of Peterson became the basis for Vilhelm Moberg's Immigrant novel series. Peterson's horticulture work earned him acclaim through, what would become the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The 12.17 acres include the original Peterson house, three barns, a Chaska brick smoke house, and granary. Tours of the property will begin slowly with planned tours and children's camps in the spring of 2016. It is the immediate goal of the CCHS to focus on building the infrastructure of the property and restoration of the north barn.
In the last year, the CCHS has won three state awards and two national awards for excellent in history.