Dr. John O. Anfinson has been researching, writing and speaking about the upper Mississippi River for over 30 years. He spent the first half of his 40-yearfederal career with the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, as a historian and cultural resources specialist. He then spent the second half with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service, where he served Superintendent from 2014-2020.
John is the author of The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi (2003) and River of History (2003). He sits on several boards, including Friends of the Mississippi River, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, Minnesota and National Mississippi River Parkway Commission, and the National Parks Conservation Association. John holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Minnesota.