Biggest Little Museum in the West

Preserving and exhibiting the rich history of Lea County and the surrounding areas of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas

About the Lea County Museum

Programs & Exhibits

Year-round collection of programs and exhibits highlighting the history of Lea County.

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Hobbs Army Air Fields 1942-1946

These photos were taken on the base while it was active.Photos by: Midred Schutz

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Musical Lea County

Lister Building Second Floor This exhibit displays photos and memorabilia of musical artists and bands from Lea County and musicians…

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LCM Town Hall

Large meeting space for dances, lectures, and other gatherings. 114 E. CentralOriginal name of building: 1928 Johnson Store

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Musical Lea County

Singers, musicians, and bands from Lea County or those who have performed at the Lea County Museum. Second floor of…

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Upcoming Events and Calendar

LCM Annuel Raffle - Original Tom Black Knife

September 24 @ 12:00 am

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December 20 @ 12:00 pm

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Art by Bozena Kaczan

November 7 @ 5:00 pm

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February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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LCM Santa Fun Run 5k & 2-Mile Walk

December 7 @ 8:00 am

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December 7 @ 10:00 am

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LCM Senior Christmas Dance

December 7 @ 6:30 pm

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December 7 @ 10:00 pm

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Esteban the Moor by Edward Wallace

February 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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February 13, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

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Steve Cormier Sings Cowboy Songs

March 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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March 16, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

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New Book From LCM Press, "Falling Awake in Lovington"

June 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am

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June 1, 2030 @ 5:00 pm

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Explore Bookstore and Gifts

Great New Book

Contemporary poems by two Lea County writers

$20.00

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From the Bull Barn to the Bucking Broncs

With antidotes, newspaper articles, association minutes, advertisements and photographs Harris and Minton provide a timeline in Lea County, New Mexico; from the late 1800’s when buffalo hunters settled at Monument Spring and the first ranches were established, through the first rodeos held at local ranches to the establishment of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo and the Open Range Cowboy Association in the 1900’s, and into the new 21st century sharing the stories of the men and women who have…

$10.00

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Love, Death, and the Plains

"This book is intended as a tribute and is gratefully dedicated to the authors of the following articles and stories. These are the men and women who took the time to write down their experiences and the experiences of their families and neighbors. It is through them that we know our past. A past unrecorded is soon erased by time. Thanks to these writers, significant fragments of our history have been recorded and are preserved. Through their writings, we can,…

$15.00

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Lost in Lea

"These poems of Peter Mladinic lay their fingers on the pulse of Lea County, past and present. Whether he is pondering the gravestones of past inhabitants or wondering about present friends and neighbors, Mladinic is in tune with and an integral part of the history that surrounds him. As a poet who recognizes himself a vital part of where he is, his poems 'light a match in the dark/and spot on the map of grief the spot/where two rivers converge."…

$15.00

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Recent Stories and Blogs

HistNote888-Roswell Jazz

Jim Harris Roswell Jazz Festival: Great Live  Music Nearby             On Saturday, October 19, wife Mary and I drove two hours to Roswell for an event I had heard about for several years but never had experienced.             That Saturday was one day in the 14thAnnual Roswell Jazz Festival, a five-day celebration of a type of music I learned to appreciate when I was a high school student in Dallas.             I have heard quite a bit of live music this year, visiting…

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LastFrontier889—Lea Image

Jim Harris             Lea’s Image Isn’t Everything, but …             Back in the early 1990s, the Cannon camera company was running television ads with tennis star Andre Agassi hitting balls and saying, “Image is everything.”             It’s one of those annoying advertisements that just won’t leave the memory, no matter how hard you try to just forget it, although one of the reasons it stays with me is that about the same time the ads were running, wife Mary and I walked out…

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LastFront301—Rounders

Jim Harris Rounders, writers, and round-ballers             Over the last two weeks, I have found myself inadvertently reading and listening to rounders, writers, and roundballers who have a lot to say about the subject of history, which has occupied much of my thoughts over the last two decades.              On October 24, I was at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe to attend the 29thAnnual Rounders Awards presented by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.             Then the following Monday, I was in…

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