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Lura Roti
Carol Evan Saunders is a member of the Rapid City Preservation Commission. Pictured here during a recent preservation conference held at the Hotel Alex Johnson.

Carol Evan Saunders was born and raised in Rapid City. She began her career as a theater teacher and taught at Central High School. After she retired from teaching, she revisited her childhood passion for history and received a master’s in history.

During a recent preservation conference held in Rapid City, she sat down in a coffee shop to share with SDPB’s Lura Roti about her passion for preservation and Rapid City history.

Lura Roti grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota but today she calls Sioux Falls home. She has worked as a freelance journalist for more than two decades. Lura loves working with the SDPB team to share the stories of South Dakota’s citizens and communities. And she loves sharing her knowledge with the next generation. Lura teaches a writing course for the University of Sioux Falls.