The Rivers of History Outreach Project will bring together
speakers John Anfinson and Anthony Amato to present their recent
research on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers at two river
city venues. Hosting the first set of presentations was Mill
City Museum in Minneapolis on February 3rd, 2005 from 7-9 PM.
On March 24th the Clean Up Our River Environment (CURE) organization
will be hosting the project at the Montevideo Community Center
from 7-9 PM.
Each evening will begin with Anfinson's presentation entitled
"A Farmer's River: Agriculture and the Mississippi,"
which tells the history of the upper Mississippi river from
its days of unrestricted flow to today's river system of locks
and dams as it relates to the needs of the upper Midwest's agricultural
community. Anfinson is the historian and cultural resources
specialist for the Mississippi National River and Recreation
Area (MNRRA), a unit of the National Park Service. He is the
author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper
The second presentation is by Anthony Amato, Ph.D., professor
of Rural and Regional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University
at Marshall, entitled "The Flow of History: Rivers, the
Past and the Present." Amato delves into the importance
of rivers. Professor Amato is the series editor and contributing
essayist for the Society for the Study of Local and Regional
History (SSLRH) Rural and Regional Essay Series publication,
Cloudy Sky-Waters: An Annotated Bibliography of the Minnesota
River, by Kris Bronars Cafaro.
These programs are free and open to the general public.
This program is sponsored by the Center for Rural and Regional
Studies and the Society for the Study of Local and Regional
History (SSLRH) The SSLRH's humanities-based activities are
made possible in part with funding from the Minnesota Humanities
Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the