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Quiet Hero, Elmabel Rohrman

The group I volunteer for: The Nevada County Historical Society.

What I do for the group: I volunteer at the Searles Library two days a week and three days at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum.

How I got involved: We moved up here from Southern California and heard about the historical society, so we joined.

Why I think this group’s work is important: If it hadn’t been for the historical society, this wouldn’t be here, there would be no railroad museum, no one at the firehouse. These things would have been lost. The society has preserved the history of this county.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: I’m just fascinated by all of this stuff in here; it’s immensely interesting.

The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: I get to meet people. They ask questions and you research something and learn something new, and it makes you appreciate the area more.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: None.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: About 13 years.

I think volunteerism is important because: You think about something beside yourself. No matter what you get involved in, it opens up new vistas for you.


To suggest a western Nevada County volunteer for this feature, contact Dave Moller at davem@theunion.com or 477-4237.

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