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Industrial Days
Henderson's Industrial Days celebration began as an anniversary celebration in April 1952 when Henderson celebrated its 10th anniversary and its history as the center of industry for Nevada. (The city did not officially incorporate until 1953, but construction of the townsite that became Henderson began in 1942.)
By 1953 the celebration was called Industrial Days. The annual, days-long celebration, which took place in April (sometimes May) featured a parade, a beauty contest, and several other community events.
This Industrial Days collection includes programs (also referred to as bulletins and magazines) and schedules of events published by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce for the Industrial Days celebrations from 1963 through 1977. These items include narratives about Henderson's and Nevada's past, historical photographs, advertisements from local businesses, and more. Project worksheets for the 1961 Industrial Days celebration provide a look at the detailed planning process involved in coordinating the Industrial Days celebrations.
This important celebration of Henderson's history and community, called Heritage Days since 1995, still brings Henderson residents together every year.

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Type of materials in this collection: Bulletins, schedules of events, and project worksheets

Timeframe: 1961-1977

Items included: The Industrial Days collection includes planning sheets for the 1961 Industrial Days celebration, a schedule of events and attendant advertising for the 1963 celebration, and bulletins from the 1964-1977 celebrations, some of which include a schedule of events.

Copyright information: The Henderson Chamber of Commerce holds copyright to the Industrial Days publications but has given Henderson Libraries permission to make them available in this digital collection. Therefore, the Industrial Days collection is provided for non-commercial personal and academic use by Henderson Library patrons and may not be republished in any way. Contact the Henderson Chamber of Commerce for additional information regarding rights to this material and for permission to use this material.

Digitization process and software needed: The items in this collection are PDF files. You must have a PDF reader in order to view the items in this collection.

Related items/digital collections:
  • Henderson Memories: There are several photos in this collection from the 1955 Industrial Days celebration. 
  • Henderson Home News: The newspaper covered Industrial Days celebrations every year. Take a look at April issues for coverage of the annual event. The April 17, 1952 issue of Henderson Home News covers the very first Industrial Days celebration (although it appears that it wasn't called Industrial Days until 1953).