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Laureen Falk Riedesel, American library director. Certified library level V, Nebraska. Named Outstanding Genealogist, Nebraska State Genealogical Society, 1992, Woman of the Year, Beatrice Business and Professional Women, 1993, Outstanding Community Leader, Beatrice Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1993, Citizen of the Year, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce, 1995, Sower award Nebraska Humanities Council, 1998.


Riedesel, Laureen Falk was born on June 1, 1951 in Wakefield, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of Arlyn Dale and Glaura Milly (Harry) Falk.


Bachelor, Wheaton College, 1973. Master of Arts in Library. Science, University Missouri, 1974.


Youth services library, Dunklin County Library., Kennett, Missouri, 1974-1977;director, Beatrice (Nebraska) Public Library., since 1977. Instructor Nebraska Library. Commission, Lincoln, 1988-1992.

Speaker Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, since 1993.


  • Certified library level V, Nebraska.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Nebraska Writers, Nebraska Readers, 1995. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Incorporator, executive board Gage County Heritage Preservation, Inc., Beatrice, 1987—1997, since 1999. Alternate delegate White House Conference on Libraries, Washington, 1991. History preservation representative City Plan Coordinating Committee, Beatrice, 1991—1992, 1999—2001.

Appointed member Governor's Task Force on History Preservation, 1992—1994. Co-director Nebraska Literature Festival, 2000. Governor's appointee representing libraries to State Records Board, 2002—2008.

Governor's appointee Nebraska State History Records Advisory Board, since 2003. Board directors Nebraska State History Society Foundation, since 2003. Member of American Library Association, The National Library Association (president 1989, Excalibur Outstanding Library. award public library section 1991, Meritorious Service award 1998), National Management Association (executive board member 1993, 1998-1999, charter, president since 2007), Friends of Homestead National Monument of America since 1999, Nebraska Literature Heritage Association (board member since 2001), Southeast Nebraska Genealogical Society (charter, Hall of Fame 1982), Southeast Nebraska Coordinators for Literacy, Nebraska Center for the Book (executive board 1992-1999, president 1998).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, local history, genealogy, doll collecting, antique collecting.


Married Charles Paul Riedesel, May 25, 1973. Children: Aprilla Florentine Lynnae, Amerilla Maye Falk.

Arlyn Dale Falk

Glaura Milly (Harry) Falk

Charles Paul Riedesel

Aprilla Florentine Lynnae Riedesel

Amerilla Maye Falk Riedesel