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Madelyn Helling Receives Col. Bill Lambert Award

The Constitution Day Parade is Sunday September 11th at 2 pm in Downtown Nevada City. The parade is highlighted with the marching of the Presidents down Broad Street and on the eve of the parade, then the Presidents award the Col. Bill Lambert Award, in recognition for outstanding contributions to Nevada City and the Nevada city way of life. The award this year recognizes Madelyn Helling for her many accomplishments in the community and her ongoing support in various organizations in Nevada County. Helling says she is surprised by the recognition.

“It’s really awfully nice of them. It’s quite a surprise. I’ve joined an awful lot of things since I’ve been here and been a Chamber volunteer since I retired and then of course, I’ve been active with the Friends of the Library, naturally and then I’m heading up the Railroad Museum, which is another thing to occupy me.”

Helling shares some of the history that brought her to Nevada County from San Francisco in 1974 as the county’s librarian.

“I was working for San Francisco Public Library before I came up here. It was the county library then. This county was probably the slowest in California at becoming a county library system. All it had was the little Nevada City library and the Grass Valley City Library supported by the cities. Truckee didn’t even have a library building.”

Helling retired in 1991 after serving for 17-years as county librarian. The Nevada County Board of Supervisors named the new library in her honor. Helling will receive this latest award in a ceremony at a banquet at Miner’s Foundry.

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