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About the Henderson, Nevada Historical Society | Henderson Historical Society - Nevada

BMI workers

Several of BMI’s 13,000 workers, circa 1940s

Like the technology and innovation that built the famed BMI plant in Henderson in the 1940s to produce much-needed magnesium for the war effort, the HHS harnesses the power of modern Internet technology. HHS is exclusively an online, virtual historical society. This gives the HHS greater flexibility and reach while still allowing for traditional fundraising, town tours, and outreach events that engage the public in real-time. A non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, the Henderson Historical Society is committed to sharing and preserving Henderson’s heritage.



Mission Statement:

The Henderson Historical Society seeks to foster public awareness and pride and to preserve the history of Henderson, Nevada for future generations.


Henderson Historical Society Board of Directors

Andy Hafen

Andy Hafen President, CEO

Amanda Alvarez, Treasurer

Valerie LaPorta-Haynes, Board Secretary

Michele (Shelley) Watson-Aguiar, Recording Secretary




Sean DeFrank

Sean DeFrank

Dorothy Coroneos

Dorothy Coroneos

Kirby Trumbo

Kirby Trumbo


Advisor Mark Hall Patton

Mark Hall-Patton, Clark County Heritage Museum

In Memorium

Tom Sheahan

Tom Sheahan, December 18, 1930 – September 15, 2012

Alice Jean Martz

Alice Jean Martz, 1945 – 2015

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson, December 18, 1942 – January 22, 2017


Tina-Smith, December 18, 1942 – January 22, 2017

Lou LaPorta

Lou LaPorta, January 18, 1924 – Monday, March 30, 2020