Summer road trip challenge shares local history highlights

Henderson Historical Society takes license plate on a tour through town

HENDERSON, Nev. –The Henderson Historical Society has set out on a virtual summer road trip challenge to share many of the city’s historical highlights. Every Monday, the society’s Facebook page features a detail shot of the Henderson specialty license plate in a notable Henderson historic site. Page followers are invited to guess where the photo was taken and share the post to challenge their friends. On Thursdays, a more revealing shot of the destination is unveiled along with a brief history behind the location.

Typically, the society offers several live events a year featuring experts on local history sharing their knowledge. But with COVID-19 restrictions, those lectures and panel discussions have been postponed indefinitely. The virtual road trip provided a way to fill in the gap until live events can be offered again.

Henderson Historical Society board members Valerie La Porta-Haynes and Lynn Starr led the way on the road trip, helping to identify the best sites while sharing stories about growing up in Henderson.

“We had fun,” La Porta-Haynes said. “We really appreciate the opportunity to share our city’s history.”

So far, the Henderson plate has visited four sites, and plenty of local geography geniuses guess its location each week with only the most basic image hints. Plenty of hints remain to take the campaign beyond summer with clues set to post through October. Visit https://www.facebook.com/HendersonNVHistoricalSociety to check out the posts.

About the Henderson Historical Society
Founded in 2011, the Henderson Historical society strives to share photos, stories and folklore from the past to help keep the history of Henderson alive for the future. The nonprofit 501(c)3 organization consists of more than 100 volunteers committed to preserving Henderson’s heritage. Additional information can be found at www.hendersonhistoricalsociety.org. Among its many funding sources, the society raises money for its mission through the sale of specialty license plates bearing the slogan, “Henderson, a Place to Call Home” and featuring Henderson’s year-round access to outdoor adventure. Plates can be purchased by visiting the Nevada DMV in person or online at http://hendersonhistoricalsociety.org/souvenir-nevada-license-plate.

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