Eagle View Group 1st Annual Dinner

By Olivia Dorothy

Eagle View Group is very excited to host our 1st Annual Dinner.  The dinner is Friday October 28th in the Freight House Lower Reception Hall (same place as Tree Hugger Trivia).   Happy hour begins at 5:30, dinner and program begins at 6:30.  Dinner will be catered by Fresh Deli and includes 2 drinks.  

Our guest speaker will be John Anfinson, author of our October book The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi (2003).  

John O. Anfinson became Superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in August 2014. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park System that runs through the Twin Cities, Minnesota. John has been researching, writing and speaking about the upper Mississippi River for over 25 years. He is the author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi (2003), River of History (2003) and many articles about the Mississippi River.

From 1980 to 2000, John worked for the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, as a cultural resources specialist and District Historian. He moved to the National Park Service in June of 2000. John is a founding board member of Friends of the Mississippi River, an organization that focuses on the environmental health of the Mississippi in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He is also a founding board member of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum board. More recently John helped initiate the Asian Carp Task Force for Minnesota and serves on the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center Citizen Advisory Board.  John holds a PhD in American History from the University of Minnesota.

In this presentation, Fountains of Life and Death: The Dangers of Taking Your Drinking Water for Granted, John Anfinson will examine the origins of the Minneapolis and St. Paul water supply systems. Unknowingly, the two cities became a human experiment about the consequences of taking our drinking water for granted and of ignoring obvious solutions. Anfinson sets the Twin Cities in the context of water supply development in the nation. At a time when water supplies around the country are of great concern, his talk will remind us of how far we have come but that we should not forget where our water comes from and what might be in it.

For more information to reserve your seat visit our website http://www.sierraclub.org/illinois/eagle-view/support-us

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