Farmers' Holiday Association in Minnesota

The Farmers' Holiday Association was formed in 1932. The Midwestern organization successfully fought against farm foreclosures with novel strategies like penny auctions, but unsuccessfully lobbied Congress for a federal system that would pay farmers for their crops based on the cost of production.

MN Valley Floodway

MN Valley Floodway

An aerial shot of the MN Valley Refuge site, showing a floodplain view.

Gehl-Mittelsted Farmstead

Gehl-Mittelsted Farmstead

Front and side views of the Gehl-Mittelsted Farmhouse as it is in the twenty-first century. Rights held by the CCHS.

The Gehl-Mittelsted Farm

The Gehl-Mittelsted Farmstead is located in the far southern part of Carver County, in San Francisco Township. One of Carver County's many historic properties, the farmstead was placed on Minnesota's Ten Most Endangered Historic Sites list in 2006.

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1913

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1913

This photo shows fair visitors entering the second annual fair held on the Waconia fairgrounds. This is the original entrance to the fair, changed in the 1930s through Works Progress Administration work..

Carver County Fairgrounds

Carver County Fairgrounds

An aerial photo showing the fairgrounds in Waconia, circa the 1940s or 1950s. Shows the back of the grandstand in the bottom left of the image. Cars and busses are seen in the middle of the photo.

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

Carver County Fair Entrance, 1912

The original entrance to the Carver County Fair in Waconia, circa 1912.

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

Carver County Fairgrounds, 1941

An aerial photo of the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, circa 1941. The image shows the roadways and buildings on the grounds.

Carver County Fair, 1868–present

The Carver County Fair has a long and rich history, dating back to 1868. On July 20, the Carver County Agricultural Society formed in Chaska. Later that year, on October 10, this group held the first Carver County fair in Chaska, to display their crops and animals. An elected Board of Directors planned the fair. Despite later battles over location, the fair has been held almost every year since.

black and white photograph of Dr. Leon C. Snyder

Leon Snyder

A candid shot of the leader of the Fruit Breeding Farm, Dr. Leon C. Snyder. Dr. Snyder was the leader who started the Woody Landscape Breeding Program, which would become the Landscape Arboretum.

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