The Dane County Historical Society manages the Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center, located in the lower level of the Lussier Family Heritage Center.
The LFHC is in Dane County’s Lunney Lake Farm Park at 3101 Lake Farm Road. The Park is part of the Capital Springs Recreation Area that stretches along the southern border of the City of Madison.
In 2002, the DCHS searched for a new home, and DCHS started a fundraising effort. To DCHS’s benefit, Amy Gillibrand donated generously in her grandfather’s name. Her gift made it possible for us to move into our current home.
The public can make appointments for the Otto Schroeder Archives and Records Center by contacting the Dane County Historical Society via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (608 224 3605). As a tip, emails usually get a faster response.
Otto Schroeder was born in the small farm town of Elben, Germany September 26, 1899. At sixteen, he served in the military during World War I, assembling Folher tri-planes for the Red Baron’s squadron. Schroeder served as a non-combatant because two older brothers lived in the United States. After the war, he received a degree in mechanical engineering and began employment in a steel manufacturing plant in Kassel, Germany.
In 1926, Otto married and moved with his wife to San Francisco, where he worked for the Soule Steel Company. The Schroeders moved to Napa, California, in 1941, where Otto worked in the Basalt Rock Company’s Napa Shipyard. While there, Schroeder invented a manufacturing process that revolutionized steel pipe production worldwide. After World War II, Schroeder worked as an international consultant, supervising the establishment of pipe manufacturing plants around the globe. Schroeder died at 92.
The Dane County Historical Society offers several online resources:
- To view the digitized collections of Tychoberahn, Madison Central High School’s yearbooks, visit Recollection Wisconsin, Tychoberahn.
- To view The Madison Mirror, the student newsletter of Madison’s Central High School, visit the website YUMPU by clicking here. Please note that you may have to register for a new account, but doing so is free.
- To view the 1873 Dane County Plat Map, click here.
For more information about our other online resources, visit the Online Resources page.
Genealogists seeking specific family or ancestor information will not usually find much in our archives. Nonetheless, here are some other resources that may be more useful.
- The Dane County Register of Deeds has records for births, deaths, and marriages, as well as land records specific to Dane County.
- The Dane County Area Genealogical Society might also have the type of information genealogists are often looking for.
- Find a list of local historical societies in Dane County by clicking here.