To acquire professional services to prepare an interpretive plan for public access to history and cultural heritage of the Andrew Peterson Farmstead, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The city hired a qualified historian to research and prepare materials for a Guide highlighting the historic resources of the city. The goal of the project was to make residents and visitors more aware and more appreciative of the historical and cultural significance of downtown Chaska's buildings. They include a National Register Historic District (Walnut Street), seven buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and over 50 buildings listed on the Local Register.
The Minnesota History Bookshelf grant enabled the Carver County Library to add 47 new volumes of Minnesota History to their history collections. These volumes are housed primarily at their largest branch in Chanhassen and their newest branch in Norwood Young America. The primary purpose in adding these new volumes is to enhance their existing collection of Minnesota history books for History Day students using their Chanhassen Library and to create a more accessible location of Minnesota history books for residents living in western Carver County at their Norwood Young America branch.
The grant provided research, writing and editing of five selected articles to be published at www.mnopedia.org. The topics chosen were: Crystal Sugar of Chaska, the Watertown Bell factory, the 1965 Floods, the Little Rapids Fur Post and the Waconia Patriot.
By adding content on Carver County history to this resource, Carver County Historical Society provides a more complete collection of their history and allows their organization to share and interpret our local history with a much broader audience.
Two storms in July and August of 2010 caused the east wall and gables of the historic North Peterson Barn, a structure on the Andrew Peterson Farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to collapse. The already deteriorating barn required stabilization to preserve what remained for eventual restoration. The firm of Hansen Hometech was contracted to carry out the stabilizing process.
Two storms in July/August of 2010 caused the east wall and gable ends of the historic Peterson North Barn to collapse. The barn was stabilized in October of 2010. The owner and the Friends of the Peterson Barn were advised to quicky develop a phased plan for reconstruction to prevent further damage. A qualified historical architect was hired to undertake the planning and design work with the ultimate goal of restoring the building to it's original appearance.
Having current and accurate data on historic and archaeological sites is important to understanding our past and to preserving Minnesota’s history for future generations. In 2010-2011, the Minnesota Historical Society awarded contracts for these survey projects:
To create and implement curricula that meets Minnesota Education Standards and enables more thorough student access to veteran's history.
The Carver County Historical Society proposed to develop educational programs that would more fully utilize the newly redesigned Veterans Gallery. The programs were developed through a two-stage process. The first stage, developed for this grant, was fact finding in cooperation with Carver County educators. The second stage, would be program development.
The Carver County Historical Society website (www.carvercountyhistoricalsociety.org) was completely redesigned to reflect the community expressed need for the ability to research local history. This included, newspaper indexing, photo research, plat maps/GIS, historic properties, National Register information, and local resources.
The surveys sent to member reinforced their desire to be able to research online. More than 90% of respondents asked for access to research photos. Another 80% asked for plat map access.