Henderson Historical Society Stories

The History of Boulder Highway

With special guest speakers:

Scott Jarvis, Project Engineer, Public Works Department
Alexandra Fazekas, Principal Planner with Community Development

Carver park & BMI During WWII and Beyond

A panel discussion featuring
Claytee White, director, Oral History research center at UNLV Libraries
Dr. Earnest N. Bracey, professor of political science and history ay CSN
Rick Watson, former carver park resident and board member, Henderson Historical Society
James Balk, former carver park resident

September 20, 2023 Honoring Notable Architect Paul Revere Williams

Williams designed first class historical well-known homes/buildings in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and more. Speaker Claytee White, Director of Oral History Research for UNLV Libraries.

History of Railroad Pass

Join the Henderson Historical Society, Historian Mark Hall-Patton speaking on the great historic venue “History of Railroad Pass” and meet the owner, Joe DeSimone.

The History of The Henderson school district – Then and Now

Hear the history of public education in our town, as told by former students and teachers who were eyewitnesses to Henderson’s History:
During World War II when Henderson schools were funded as a part ofThe Rail Road Pass School District.
When Rail Road Pass School District became Henderson School District and then The Clark County School District.
When the community began to consider the possibility of a return to a separate Henderson School District.

Water In The Desert

The panel discusses the current and future outlook of water resource.
Michael Bernardo, P.E., PMP
Zane Marshall
Kyle R. Okamura, P.E.

Lake Las Vegas

The dream of Carlton Adair and the vision of Ronald Boedekker: Visionary developer J. Carlton Adair and his dream of Lake Adair, a new community for Henderson. Learn how Adair’s dream became a reality at Lake Las Vegas 35 years later

The History of Henderson’s Mayors

There have been thirteen Mayors since 1953 when Dr. James French took office as Henderson’s first Mayor. Henderson’s most recent Mayor is Debra March who will conclude her service to the Henderson community in 2022. Learn about these dedicated public servants who turned a dusty, temporary government reservation into the prosperous “place to call home” that Henderson has become.

Gone but Not Forgotten September 22, 2021

Whatever became of those wonderful childhood haunts. Henderson places remembered better than sites that are among the here and the now? The speakers at this event will tell stories about Carver Park, Victory Theater, Henderson Drag Strip (Thunderbird Raceway), The Swanky Club, Old Vegas, Las Vegas Downs and The Grotto at St. Peters Church.

Sep 10, 2020 – Virtual Summer Road trip Challenge

The Henderson Historical Society has set out on a virtual summer road trip challenge to share many of the city’s historical highlights: