The Lea County Museum


Important Announcements

McGrath, Waters Perform at

         Starbucks, Thursday, June 23 

         Two poets from Hobbs, Barbara McGrath and Susan Waters, will give a reading from their published poems at the Hobbs Starbucks at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

         The program is free and is being sponsored by the coffee shop, the Lea County Museum in Lovington, and the Center for the Arts in Hobbs.

         Starbucks is located adjacent to Walmart on Joe Harvey Boulevard. 

         Barbara J. McGrath’s poetry and reviews have appeared in many publications, including Bloomsbury Review, Colorado Review, Nebraska Review, Passages North, Southern Poetry Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review.  

         Her chapbook, Seawind Café, was published in 2008, and her full-length book, Heart Lineage, in 2009. She has received awards for poetry from the Academy of American Poets, Bardsong Press, Colorado Creative Arts Symposium, Hollins College, Oneiros Press, and Santa Cruz County (CA) and holds PhD, MFA, and MA degrees.  A native of California, she has taught writing and literature at colleges and universities in five states, most recently as Professor of English and Dean of Arts and Sciences at University of the Southwest.

         Susan C. Waters is a graduate of the writing program at George Mason University.  Currently, she is Professor of English at New Mexico Junior College. She teaches composition and literature survey courses.  Additionally, she teaches world literature.

         Susan started out as a journalist covering hard news in upstate New York and for 13 years was a magazine editor and writer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.  Her publishing credits are extensive, ranging from the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the U.S. House of Representatives.  

         Susan has won six prizes in poetry, including the Mary Roberts Reinhart Prize, George Mason University.  She has been nominated twice for the Push Cart Prize in Poetry.

         The June Starbucks program will be the fifth in a series that features writers in Lea County and in New Mexico and Texas.

         For more information about the Starbucks presentation, call the Lea County Museum at 575-396-4805 or the Center For the Arts at 575-397-2787. 

Welcome to the Lea County Museum

The county seat of Lea, Lovington became a town in 1908 when settlers from east of the Texas line homesteaded the western edges of the Llano Estacado in New Mexico Territory.

Lea County Museum

New Mexico became a state in 1912. Lea became a county in 1917.

The Lea County Museum was created by the Lovington Women's Club in 1969 when the club purchased the Commercial Hotel, which was about to be razed.

The Lea County Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer board of directors.