Private Schools in Carver County

Early schools in Carver County were typical of those found in nineteenth century Minnesota. Schools were small then, and grew out of the community's desire to educate local children. They were often held in the same building as the church or town meeting hall, and had ties to both, so were not clearly public or private.

Black-and-white photograph of Professor Roy W. Meyer at his Mankato State College desk in the early 1960s.

Roy W. Meyer

Black-and-white photograph of Professor Roy W. Meyer at his Mankato State College desk in the early 1960s.

Crown College logo

Logo of Crown College in St. Bonifacius.

St. Paul Bible College

St. Paul Bible College

Photograph of the St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College) campus sign.

Aerial photograph of the Crown College campus in St. Bonifacius.

Crown College

Aerial photograph of the Crown College campus in St. Bonifacius.

Crown College

Crown College of Minnesota is unique in being the only bible college in Minnesota. The mission of this type of college is to provide a biblically based education for Christian leadership. Teaching is focused on training lay people for Christian service. Crown is one of only four colleges in the United States affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

Farmers gathered for group photograph in Kerkhoven, Minnesota.

Farmers Institute, Kerkhoven.

Farmers' Institute, Kerkhoven, Minnesota, in Swift County. February 12, 1913.

Black and white photograph of Oren C. Gregg, c.1905.

Oren Cornelius Gregg of Lynd. Superintendent of the Farmers Institute and Lyon County Auditor for 10 years.

Oren C. Gregg, superintendent of the Farmers' Institute, and Lyon County auditor for ten years, c.1905. Photographer: James A. Brush.

Crowd gathering outside for Farmers' Institute meeting in Badger, Minnesota.

Farmers Institute at Badger, Minnesota.

Farmers' Institute at Badger, Minnesota, in Roseau County, June 9, 1904.

Farmers' Institutes, 1880s–1920s

In the 1880s, Minnesota farmers saw the need for education but resisted "book farming," or learning how to farm by reading instructional text. Farmers' institutes, lecture series that traveled to rural communities and taught practical farming skills, were popular alternatives in the 1880s through the 1920s.

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