With strong roots in Bloomington, Larry Granger was one of the cofounders of the Bloomington Historical Society in 1964. He served as the society’s first president, then as a consultant. Granger then served as president again from 2014 until his retirement in 2019. He passed away in June.
Granger’s contributions to the community go beyond the Bloomington Historical Society. He was employed at the City of Bloomington in the 1960s. He participated in many City committees through the decades including the Bloomington Amenities Group; City visioning sessions; Bloomington Remembers Veterans Committee and more. He provided input for the Old Cedar Avenue bridge restoration planning. He was also involved in helping the bridge, Bloomington Cemetery and the Gideon Pond House be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
“Larry leaves a powerful legacy with us,” Bloomington Historical Society retired president and executive director Vonda Kelly said. “It’s a reminder to carry on the work he so strongly believed in—the preservation of our history and the Minnesota River valley, contributing to local and state governments and making your voice heard.”