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History Revealed: Iron & Water
August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ramsey County Historical Society Presents
Grant Merritt, Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment
History Revealed Series
August 23, 2018
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Ramsey County Roseville Library
Free and open to all.
Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.
Grant Merrit, environmentalist and lawyer, will share a memoir of family, mining pioneers and unscrupulous magnates, and the fight to protect Minnesota’s natural resources. His talk will encompass many of the issues that faced environmentalists in the history of our state. His new book, Iron and Water, My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment (University of Minnesota Press 2018) will be available for purchase and signing.
Iron and Water is Grant J. Merritt’s memoir of his life’s work on behalf of Minnesota’s people and environment and also the story of a family significant in state history. Chronicling the discovery of vast iron deposits on the Mesabi Range and the fight to save Lake Superior and Minnesota’s natural riches, Merritt reveals how individuals can change the world.
Born in Duluth in 1934, Grant Merritt has demonstrated his deep commitment to environmental issues throughout his distinguished career. A practicing attorney for the law firm of Kalina, Wills, Gisvold & Clark, P.L.L.P., Merritt worked in the areas of environmental regulation and litigation, transportation, municipal law, governmental relations, and real estate. In addition, Merritt is a member of the Anoka County Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association, secretary and board member of the Canada-Minnesota Business Council and board member for Clean Water Action. Merritt also served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) from 1971-1975 and as a member of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1972-1975. Grant Merritt was the president of the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota and served on its board from 1995.