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Chaska History Center

Mission Statement:
The Chaska Historical Society honors the rich heritage of the Chaska community by collecting, recording, preserving and sharing its history.

 The 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.

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This exhibit will close November 15th
Special hours for Veterans Day
Open Monday 3-8 PM


 Holiday Hours
Closed Thanksgiving Day (Thursday)
Open normal hours on Friday 1-4 PM

Closed Dec 24-25th (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Open normal hours Thursday and Friday 1-4 PM

Tues Dec 31st - open 1-4 PM
Closed New Years Day



 Chaska A Minnesota River City, Prehistory to 1950 by LaVonne Barac

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!

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.

Want to become a member? - click for membership form
Just print the form and mail it with your check

A Brief History of Chaska
Virtual 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

 View from a Bench in
City Square

Reprints of Chaska Herald columns
1990 -1994
By Jim Faber

264 pages plus photos from
the Chaska Historical Society collection
$15 donation
Order form
Read Chaska 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
Now available at the History Center
$20 donation

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 3, 2018

 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 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. 

We are always looking for volunteers.
Please stop by to inquire about volunteer opportunities that are currently available.

Current activities:
- 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:
 Photos of Previous Exhibits and Events

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 55318

Want to become a member? - click for membership form
Just print the form and mail it with your check


Phone (952) 448-6077
Tuesday - Friday 1 - 4 PM

e-mail: historical@chaskahistory.org
web site: www.chaskahistory.org