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About Us

Chaska Hisotry Center Building


We see a Chaska Community where all are valued.


We're connecting people to Chaska history in a way that is accessible and relevant.

The Chaska Historical Society is an all volunteer organization that welcomes your involvement.


The Chaska Historical Society supports the city's values of:

  • Citizenship

  • Environmentalism

  • Generosity   

  • Human Worth and Dignity 

  • Integrity

  • Learning 

  • Respect 

  • Responsibility 

and believes in:

Educating Through Stories.  Members of the community recognize their part in the story of Chaska and will become more engaged in preserving its history.

Openness.  We are appreciative and supportive of new people, new ideas, and new traditions within the city.

Innovation.  We believe we need to embrace new and creative approaches in carrying out the society’s mission.

Members Meeting


The annual membership meeting is held each November.


Join Us!

Become a member of the Chaska Historical Society!

Guiding Principles
Our Board


Lisa Oberski, President

A transplant to Chaska with deep Chaska roots, Lisa has been involved with the History Center since 2000.  Fond of gardening, crafting, educating and sharing history, Lisa became President in 2015. At the History Center she does a little bit of everything but thoroughly enjoys helping people discover their own history.

Julie Wiese, Vice President

A transplant to Chaska in 1979, Julie has been a special education teacher for secondary grade levels and an elementary teacher in the Chaska school district. Her passions at the History Center include research on historical buildings, oral interviews, tour leader and social media.

Doris Coghill, Treasurer

Doris was born and raised in three different houses along Walnut Street in downtown Chaska.  She spent her corporate career as an accountant, auditor, programmer and IT professional before starting her own web mail order business.  She is currently the Treasurer and resident "Geek" at the History Center.

Barb Van Eyll, Secretary

Barb moved to Chaska 45 years ago but was very familiar with Chaska growing up as her mother attended high school and her grandmother did her farm business in Chaska.  Barb inherited the interest in history and genealogy from her dad who researched his family background and instilled the importance of documenting the past for future generations.  Volunteering at the Chaska History Center has always been on her bucket list.

Jeanette McGillicuddy, Board Member

Jeanette moved back to Minnesota from New Hampshire in 1997 to change careers and then moved to Chaska in 1998. She spent her career in the military,(US Air Force) university education and corporate IT. Jeanette also serves on the Exhibits team working on the  WWI and WWII  exhibit and  the recent Why Chaska exhibit. She looks forward to continuing her work at the History Center in IT.

Jay Molnau, Board Member

Jay is a lifelong resident of Chaska.  The history of his home town is important to preserve and share.

Rick Engelhardt, Board Member

Rick has been volunteering at the Chaska History Center for several years now. He respects the dedication and passion all the volunteers have to preserve the history of Chaska for future generations.

Bill Johnson, Board Member

While pursuing a graduate degree at Mankato State, Bill brought a group of high school students on a field trip to Chaska. The new town, Jonathan, was their focus.

Students were especially awed by the abundance of trails and open spaces. Walking the trails, the thought never occurred to Bill that soon he would be completing his first year of teaching at Chaska High School along with buying his first home on a Chaska trail.

Old and new buildings have been of great interest to Bill for a long time. Presently he has been visiting many of Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures. Volunteering at the History Center has been well aligned to his interests.

Connie Jacobs, Board Member
Connie Jacobs is a retired attorney. While she is not a native Chaskan she has lived in Chaska since 1995. Connie is passionate about history and enjoys historical research, re-enacting, historical interpretation and cooking.  She also enjoys talking with people about history and listening to their stories.
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