Four to be honored at annual banquet

Henrietta Martinez Christmas

LVCCHP celebrates 41 years of service

 Henrietta Martinez ChristmasAward winning author Henrietta Martinez Christmas will be the guest speaker at the annual Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Charlie’s Event Center on Douglas Avenue. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Christmas is a respected historical researcher with a linage that goes back to soldiers who came with Juan de Oñate in 1598 to settle what is now New Mexico. Christmas has written several books and more than 125 articles about New Mexico’s small towns and history, focusing on New Mexico’s colonial families. Christmas is a recipient of the Historic Preservation Award from the National Daughters of the American Revolution for her work in preserving documents.

The celebration on Jan. 27, will showcase properties that reflect outstanding efforts in restoration, renovation and reclamation. The honorees are:

  • Isaac and Shawna Sandoval, Commercial Building, The Skillet
  • Lorenzo Martinez, Private Home, 338 Santa Anna St.
  • Jan and Frank Beurskens, Private Home, 1100-1102 Diamond St.
  • Don Owens, Private Home, 926 7th St.

The SkilletOver its 41-year existence, LVCCHP has taken the lead in preserving Las Vegas’ cultural and architectural heritage.

Board member Martha McCaffery said, “Membership grows steadily as we continue to focus on our mission, ‘to preserve, protect and promote the historic, cultural, and architectural heritage of greater Las Vegas through education and advocacy, and to encourage economic development through restoration and rehabilitation.’ We are always looking for new members who share our commitment. I invite everyone to come to our banquet on the 27th, and find out more about what LVCCHP is doing and learn how you can help.”

LVCCHP has made significant strides in putting this area on the historic heritage and preservation map. With more than 900 Las Vegas buildings and properties nominated for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, and the development of – in collaboration with the City of Las Vegas – an Historic Buildings Ordinance, LVCCHP has set the standard for recognizing how the past impacts and shapes the future.

Frank and Jan BuerskensLVCCHP also partners with the Friends of Ft. Union to bring interesting historical programs to Las Vegas with the monthly Glimpses of the Past lectures presented at the LVCCHP office.

 ​The organization’s annual tours, Places with a Past Historic Homes and Buildings Tour and Holiday Home Tour, serve to showcase the ways preservation has enhanced the beauty and charm of old buildings while addressing concerns about sprawl and infill.

“People who have made the most of existing properties rather than building new, reflect a commitment to and respect for history,” said LVCCHP board chairman, Rudy Laumbach. “It is with pride that our organization recognizes these people and their efforts.”

Tickets to the annual banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge St., or online at Entertainment will be provided by Los Tropicales. A cash bar will be available. For more information contact LVCCHP at 425-8803. Offices hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

(Property photos courtesy of Martha McCaffery; Christmas photo from Amazon profile.)

What: Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee
for Historic Preservation Annual Banquet
When: 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27
Where: Charlie’s Events Center
Cost: $25 per person
Tickets: LVCCHP office, 116 Bridge Street
online at

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