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Beatrice librarian teaching about Swedish pioneers

North Platte Public Library
Former Beatrice librarian, Laureen Riedesel, hosting her program about Swedish Americans at the...
Former Beatrice librarian, Laureen Riedesel, hosting her program about Swedish Americans at the North Platte Public Library.(Marresa Burke)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:56 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The North Platte Public Library is continuing its noon program series. On June 4, former Beatrice librarian, Laureen Riedesel, spoke about Swedish pioneers in Nebraska.

“This program evolved out of my family history from the Holdrege area,” said Riedesel. “The Holdrege area has the largest concentration of Swedish Americans in our state.”

Riedesel’s journey to discover her family roots connected her with history, heritage and pride.

“In a world with hyphens, people are dashed with something, but you don’t really see Swedish-American in there,” said Riedesel. “In the 80s, I attended a workshop focusing on different Scandinavia groups. I discovered things I thought were unique about my family, but it was really our roots.”

Riedesel’s program is more than teaching people of Swedish descent but for anyone searching for more information about their family history.

“There are different kinds of things that I viewed from a Swedish perspective, but it was true of other cultural groups. So now, I always give people a chance at the end no matter where they are from they can relate to this in some way,” said Riedesel.

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