Historical Societies of Carver County

Carver County's history is documented in the records of its cities, city agencies, and government center. Schools, school districts, churches, and civic groups have archives as well. Four historical societies call Carver County home. These are the Chanhassen Historical Society, the Chaska Historical Society, the Watertown Area Historical Society, and the Willkommen Heritage and Preservation Society of Norwood Young America.

Black-and-white photograph of the Temple of Aaron's religious school in 1918.

School at Temple of Aaron

Black-and-white photograph of the Temple of Aaron's religious school in 1918.

Julia B. Nelson

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson, first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, c.1903.

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson with a pupil c.1865.

Julia B. Nelson with a pupil

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson with a pupil c.1865.

Julia B. Nelson

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson c.1866.

Nelson, Julia Bullard (1842–1914)

Following the death of her husband and their only child, Julia Bullard Nelson of Red Wing, Minnesota bravely headed south to Texas in 1869 to teach former slaves in U.S. government-backed Freedmen's Bureau schools. Nelson spent the summers of the 1870s and 1880s in Minnesota, where she emerged as a state and national leader in the movement for women's suffrage and the temperance campaign against alcohol use.

 Photograph of Norwood public school in 1903. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Norwood public school

Photograph of Norwood public school in 1903. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Postcard with an image of Waconia public school in 1900. Created by the St. Paul Souvenir Company in St. Paul.  Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Waconia public school

Postcard with an image of Waconia public school in 1900. Created by the St. Paul Souvenir Company in St. Paul. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Photograph of Zoar public school (District #20) c.1895. Teacher Vena Abbott stands with her students outside the school building. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Zoar public school

Photograph of Zoar public school (District #20) c.1895. Teacher Vena Abbott stands with her students outside the school building. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Photograph of Mayer public school (District #73) c.1895. Teacher Thomas Burns stands with his students outside the one-room schoolhouse. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

Mayer public school

Photograph of Mayer public school (District #73) c.1895. Teacher Thomas Burns stands with his students outside the one-room schoolhouse. Photograph Collection, Carver County Historical Society, Waconia.

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