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Chaska History Center
The Chaska Historical Society honors the rich heritage of the
Chaska community by collecting, recording, preserving and sharing
Chaska Historical Society was officially organized in 1980 by
a group of people who recognized the need to record and preserve
the history of Chaska.
The Chaska society, a chapter of the Carver
County Historical Society, is located in the Chaska History Center
at 112 West Fourth Street in the restored 1890 Livery Stable.
The organization is led by a nine member elected Board of Directors
which meets quarterly. The annual meeting of the membership is
held each fall usually in November.
The Chaska History Center is now
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January news - New Exhibit now open
Items from our collection
- Glass Block store premium items
- Calendars from various Chaska businesses
- Pins and matchbooks - businesses - Hawks - River City Days
- Items dug from the Ess house outhouse
- Native American artifacts
Join us March 9th at 10AM
Dave Vollmar and Charlie Farley are
bottle collectors who look in some very unusual places to find
the bottles they collect. One of the most unusual (and one that
takes a lot of work) are old outhouse holes. Most of the pre-1900
houses in downtown Chaska had an outhouse in the yard at one
time or another. How do you figure out where the outhouse was?
What do you find? What are the most unusual items ever found?
Come to the Chaska History Center at 112 West Fourth Street in
Downtown Chaska on Saturday, March 9th at 10:00am to find out
the answers! This presentation, brought to you by the Chaska
Historical Society, is free of charge.
Chaska A Minnesota River
City, Prehistory to 1950 by LaVonne Barac
has now arrived!
Completely reformatted and with pictures and newspaper clippings
re-scanned through a MN Legacy Grant, the new combined Chaska
history hardcover book features both original volumes in one
book, with 751 color pages and an index for easy researching.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy or
multiple copies for $50 each,
please print the PDF
file and mail it to us with your check or stop by the History
Center during our open hours and pick up your copy.
Perfect for anyone interested in Chaska's history!
New Fundraising Opportunity
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See our Fund Raising page
for more details
Celebrate and support the
Chaska Historical Society with wine from Chaska!
Exclusively available at Dolce Vita
in the Historic Depot in Downtown Chaska.
Each bottle has a picture of the Gazebo in Winter.
$5 from the sale of each bottle will benefit the History Center
Lauren Oster was presented with a check for $150
for winning our competition for creating a 3-5 minute historical
video. Her subject was Jonathan.
Our Annual Meeting was held on November
Bob Roepke was our featured
speaker talking about memories of Chaska as he was growing up
and how we will care for those memories in the future.
The dues of the Chaska society also cover membership
in the Carver County Historical Society. Members have the opportunity
to share in many county and local historical programs and events.
Brief History of Chaska
walking tour of downtown Chaska
Portions of the Glatzel papers
History of Grimm Alfalfa / Chaska in 1858 / Pioneers of 1882
List of Family Genealogies available
at the History Center
Start your Christmas shopping early
Photos by Mark Olson, Editor, Chaska Herald
Individual prints in 4x6 or 5x7 - $3 donation
Set of 4 - $10 donation
Winter available as 11x14 - $10 donation
Christmas cards with the winter scene are also available
from a Bench in
Reprints of Chaska Herald columns
By Jim Faber
264 pages plus photos from
the Chaska Historical Society collection
Herald article about this year long project
Other items available:
12x15 Hanlon prints of past ornaments
Chestnut Street scene - Christmas Cards
Chaska's Historic Walking Tour
Brochure now available
Chaska A - Z
The Chaska History Center has become
a resource center for researching the history of Chaska and its
people through exhibits, photographs, letters, diaries, maps,
artifacts, documents and copies of the Chaska Herald newspaper.
Now available at the History Center
We are always looking for volunteers.
Please stop by to inquire about volunteer opportunities that
are currently available.
- Creation of a digital cataloging system for photos and artifacts
- Developing exhibits and displays.
- Cataloging all artifacts, taking pictures of them and entering
them into our Museum Software database
- Staffing of the History Center by volunteers Tuesday through
Friday afternoons each week
- Cataloging/preserving and adding to our archives 70,000+ negatives/photos
from the 1970's - 2000 from the Chaska Herald
- Annual Meeting in November of each year
- Help earn funds for the society simply by adding the Good Search
Tool bar to your web browser. Click
here for more details
Available at the Chaska History Center:
of Previous Exhibits and Events
- Extensive photograph collection, some of
which was donated by the Werner Studio family, which depicts
Chaska people, industry, schools, civic organizations, military
personnel, street scenes, city and county government, cultural
activities, sports, religious life and community celebrations.
- Volumes I and II of Chaska, A Minnesota River
- Copies of the Herald newspaper from 1862
to the present. Link to the online
index of the newspapers maintained by the Carver
County Historical Society in Waconia
- Copies of the Carver County Sun newspapers
- Insurance and other local maps which detail
locations of downtown businesses around the turn of the century
here for more info about these maps
- The story of the impacts of the Minnesota
River flooding on Chaska from 1881 to the present as told through
a series of scrapbooks
- A collection of Indian artifacts
- Extensive research on Chaska families and
their origins from 1864 to 1960 (Edward Glatzel papers)
Volumes I and II of Chaska, A Minnesota River City
- Genealogy history of 20+ Chaska families
- Oral interviews with local citizens describing
life in Chaska from early 1900 through the development of Jonathan
- Listing of Chaska cemeteries and their occupants
Chaska Historical Society continues to honor
the rich heritage of the Chaska community.
For more information contact the Chaska
Historical Society at 112 West Fourth Street, Chaska, Minnesota
Phone (952) 448-6077
Tuesday - Friday 1 - 4 PM
web site: www.chaskahistory.org