For Immediate Release: May 9, 2011
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
New Workshop Explores Family Coats of Arms
HENDERSON, Nev. – Residents are invited to explore their family’s history through an introduction to the art of heraldry. Heraldry is the study and identification of family emblems and coats of arms. An Introduction to Heraldry workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, at Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St.
Registration is $14 per person, ages 18 and up. Register online at cityofhenderson.com (activity code 193047-48) or in person at any City of Henderson recreation center.
The workshop presents the medieval art form of heraldry with a touch of humor. Participants can explore the myths, histories and meaning of family coats of arms, and learn how to begin their own research.
“In the Middle Ages, heraldry was a system that helped to identify armored knights on the battlefields. Knights painted unique designs on their shields and clothes so their allies would easily be able to identify them,” said Valerie Derrick, Recreation Services supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “By the 1770s, heraldry was ingrained into European society, from trade guilds and governments to royalty and average people.”
For additional information, call 267-4060 or visit cityofhenderson.com.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.