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Photograph shows children waiting to check out books at the Waconia Public Library

Children at the Waconia Public Library

Children checking books out with the librarian at the Waconia Public Library.

A black and white photograph showing CCHS President O.D. Sell in Mayer with a donated banner from the German Reading Society.

O. D. Sell with a banner from the German Reading Society

CCHS President O.D. Sell in Mayer with a donated banner from the German Reading Society, 1942.

Carver County Library System

Libraries have been a part of Carver County history since the county was started. The earliest library began in 1858, and many more followed. In the twenty-first century, there are five full libraries and three express library branches. Total circulation is over one million books per year and rising.

A watercolor image image of the front of the Carver County Historical Society building. 2008. Rights held by the CCHS.

A watercolor image image of the front of the Carver County Historical Society building

A watercolor image image of the front of the Carver County Historical Society building, 2008.

Carver County Historical Society

County resident O.D. Sell founded the Carver County Historical Society (CCHS) in 1940. The original task was to collect and preserve the history of Carver County and Minnesota. He had a large personal collection of objects relating to the county's history that he wanted to share with the public. This forms the core of the CCHS collection.

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1913

Carver County Fair Entrance

Fair visitors entering the second annual fair held on the Waconia fairgrounds, 1913. This is the original entrance to the fair, changed in the 1930s through Works Progress Administration work..

Carver County Fairgrounds

Carver County Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds in Waconia, c.1950. Shows the back of the grandstand in the bottom left of the image. Cars and buses are seen in the middle of the photo.

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

Carver County Fair Entrance

The original entrance to the Carver County Fair in Waconia, c.1912.

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

Carver County Fairgrounds

An aerial photo of the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, c.1941. The image shows the roadways and buildings on the grounds.

Carver County Fair, 1868–present

The Carver County Fair has a long and rich history, dating back to 1868. On July 20, the Carver County Agricultural Society formed in Chaska. Later that year, on October 10, this group held the first Carver County fair in Chaska, to display their crops and animals. An elected Board of Directors planned the fair. Despite later battles over location, the fair has been held almost every year since.

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