Crowd gathering outside for Farmers' Institute meeting in Badger, Minnesota.

Farmers Institute at Badger, Minnesota.

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota, in Roseau County, June 9, 1904.

Farmers' Institutes, 1880s–1920s

In the 1880s, Minnesota farmers saw the need for education but resisted "book farming," or learning how to farm by reading instructional text. Farmers' institutes, lecture series that traveled to rural communities and taught practical farming skills, were popular alternatives in the 1880s through the 1920s.

photograph of ruth myers

Ruth Myers

Portrait of Ruth Myers

Myers, Ruth A. (1926–2001)

Ruth A. Myers was known as the “grandmother of American Indian Education in Minnesota.” A persistent voice for American Indian children and their families, Myers focused on education policy. She focused on learning opportunities for American Indian children. She also worked for curriculum and resource materials that reflected the American Indian history and culture for all Minnesota learners.

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 recently 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 recently 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. 2008. Rights held by the CCHS.

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

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, 1913

This photo shows fair visitors entering the second annual fair held on the Waconia fairgrounds. This is the original entrance to the fair, changed in the 1930s through Works Progress Administration work..
Rights held by the CCHS.

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