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Carver County Historical Society and Museum

Established in 1940, the Society is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Carver County. Located across from Bayview Elementary School in Waconia, the 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.

The Carver County Historical Society offers a one room schoolhouse program, eco-history programs, and specific programs for each grade, such as ‘Marching Barefoot’, for the 6th grade Civil War program, and ‘Down on the Farm’, for the 2nd grade farm and pioneer life and animal program. They also offer day and summer camps, and quarterly family day trips.