History students at NSC have an unique opportunity to participate in an undergraduate research project on the City of Henderson, titled Bridging the Past, Henderson Memories, with the support of a Library Services and Technology Act Grant (LSTA) awarded to the college in late 2013. Working closely with academic faculty and library staff, students will develop job skills in oral history collection and digital archiving.
Project participants will work to convert over 30 historical interviews previously collected by students in an upper division oral history course. Additional interviews will be captured to document topics within the City of Henderson's history such as the Basic Magnesium Inc. (BMI) plant in the 1940s; the Victory Village and Carver Park neighborhoods, housing communities for BMI workers; the St. Rose de Lima hospital, the city's first hospital; and the growth of early religious institutions in the community.
Due to student interest in NSC's founding, interviews will additionally capture the college's11-year history. In total, the project will cover Henderson's founding through present day.
The LSTA program is a federally funded grant program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS), an independent federal grant making agency. IMLS provides funding to designated state agencies which in turn distributes those funds to institutions throughout the state through sub-grants. The NSC sub-grant was received through a competitive application process by the Nevada State Library and Archives. Grant funds are to be used over a 12-month period.