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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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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LCM Art Gallery

Art shows for local and regional artists. Exhibits change approximately every three months. Ground floor of 1931 Lister Building.

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Lea County Oil and Gas Exhibit

History of and equipment from Lea's oil and gas industry. Includes rancher Johnny Etcheverry's 1946 Aeronca Champ airplane, a type…

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Upcoming Events and Calendar

Art Show: From the Museum Collection

July 18

October 31

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LCM Annuel Raffle - Original Tom Black Knife

September 24 @ 12:00 am

December 20 @ 12:00 pm

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Halloween at the Museum

October 26

October 26

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Art by Bozena Kaczan

November 7 @ 5:00 pm

February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

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LCM Santa Fun Run 5k & 2-Mile Walk

December 7 @ 8:00 am

December 7 @ 10:00 am

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LCM Plaza and Pavilion Grand Opening

December 18 @ 3:00 pm

December 18 @ 4:00 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

History Notebook 884

By Jim Harris Pioneer Roll Call:  Families of Early Lovington             In his Lovington centennial book, “Lovington: Survivor on the High Plains,” Lea County historian Gil Hinshaw gave an enjoyable and informative present to residents with a listing of 43 pioneer men and women involved in the development of the town.             In the last 24 pages of the book, in what he called a Biographical Supplement,” Hinshaw wrote several sentences about each of the individuals he thought of as being the…

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Last Frontier 296

By Jim Harris In the House of Being: Heidegger, Willie Nelson, and Time             I first read the German philosopher Martin Heidegger in an introduction to philosophy course at Stephen F. Austin State University in the early 1960s.  A young reader who was energized by the novels of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, Heidegger’s books and essays seemed long and boring to me.             I first became aware of the country songs of Willie Nelson in the same decade.  A listener who believed the…

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In History of Lea, Words and Language Remain Keys to Personal and County Stories

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on August 27, 2013 Listening to Texas country music icon Billy Joe Shaver talk and sing about his life made me go back and examine several Lea County historical narratives that have found their way into print and that have passed along the county story over the last century. Here’s what I found: Despite the proliferation of popular alternate histories, such as film, video, still…

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