A former resident of her hometown convinced Connie Schroeder to become a member of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation Board of Directors.
"I have always been interested in history, so it was a natural I'd accept when former Millerite and Foundation board member Herb Jones asked if I would be interested in becoming a member of the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation board. It has been a real education to see how the Foundation functions and how important it is to the South Dakota State Historical Society's projects," Schroeder said.
Schroeder and her family moved to Miller when she was in seventh grade. She married Stephan, also from Miller, after he finished medical school and they returned to Miller to live.
Schroeder graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught eight years, then stayed home when her four children were growing up. She returned to substitute teaching after her children entered school. She currently works part-time at the Hand County Library.
Active in her church and community, Schroeder has served as President of the Hand County Historical Society.
Before joining the Foundation board in 2012, Schroeder did not realize that the South Dakota Historical Society and the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation were separate entities with separate governing boards.
"It has been a pleasure to be part of the fundraising arm of the society and support such projects as the publishing of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography," Schroeder said. "I am pleased to contribute to the effort to keep South Dakota's history alive!"