Programs & Exhibits

Programs & Exhibits

Educational Programs/Tours

As an educational organization focusing upon the history of Lea County, the LCM host school tours throughout the year. In addition, the museum brings historians and writers to lecture on the history and literature of New Mexico and the American Southwest. As a publisher of books of history, folklore, and literature, the museum hosts book signings and shows films relating to life in the West.

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Ellis Byers Room

Ellis Byers, the son of a prominent Lovington family, was killed when the bomber plane he was flying went down over Germany in 1945. The exhibit contains military memorabilia from his military life and sketches the lives of two early families of Lea, the Byers and the Hobbs families who settled in 1907 on land that became the city of Hobbs. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the 1931 Lister Building.

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Field Family Room

Located on the second floor of the 1918 Commercial Hotel building, the Field Family Room contains photographs and artifacts from the Field and Chambers families. The patriarch of the Field family was Herschel "Gravy" Field whose ranch encircled the town that came to be Bronco, Texas, located just across the state line east of Tatum.

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Harold Runnels Room

Harold Runnels was the US Representative of Southern New Mexico from 1960 to 1970, the year he passed away from cancer. The room contains the furniture, including his desk, couch, chairs, bookshelves and books, from is Washington D.C. office during his service to the nation and his state. Photographs and awards decorate the room. His widow Dorothy is a board member emeritus of the LCM. She was a member of the Lovington Women's Club who created the museum in 1969.…

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Veterans Exhibit

Located on the first floor of the Lister Building, the Lea County Veterans Exhibit contains photographs of county veterans, and a variety of photos and drawings of Lea residents' involvement in American wars. From World War I to Afghanistan, the room contains information chronologically arranged to honor those who have served. The room has one long wall that tells in original black and white pictures the story of the Hobbs Army Air Field, 1942-1946.

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2008 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Ralph "Slatz" Baggett Ross Black Ross Black attended Lovington High School where he was a four-sport letterman, all-state two times in basketball. In high school, he lettered in football for two years, basketball three years, track three years and baseball one year. He was captain of the basketball and track teams his senior year and earned both all-district and all-state honors. In 1949-50, he played for the South in the North-South All-Star game in 1950. He was President of the…

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2009 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Rob Evans Rob was born in Hobbs in 1946, played basketball for the Eagles, and went on to play at New Mexico State University. He had his early training in coaching at Las Cruces before he went on to an outstanding career in college basketball. His teams won championships at Texas Tech University, Ole Miss, and Arizona State University. Evans is also in a number of sports halls of fame, including the New Mexico State Hall of Fame. He was…

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2010 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Ronnie Black Jack Abendschan Jeff Taylor, Sr.

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2011 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Pat Henry Pat Henry was a long-time coach at Hobbs High School before he coached in several colleges and assumed his current duties at College Station, Texas. Henry currently serves as head coach of the Texas A&M University track and field program. He was the first coach to lead a school to three consecutive men's and women's NCAA Championships. He accomplished that with national championships in 2010. He had coached at Louisiana State University for 17 years before coming to…

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LEA SPORTS HALL OF FAME NAMES GREAT TEAMS OF LEA COUNTY

The Lea County Sports Hall of Fame has announced it is designating a great teams listing of boys and girls teams for each of the county’s current towns that field public school athletic teams. Although it did not make the final great teams cut the 1949-50 Lovington boys basketball team was a state champion. That year Ralph Tasker was the coach, he is seen here on the left of the team. Before many outstanding teams developed in a young Lea…

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Lea County Sports Hall of Fame

Early settlers to the Llano Estacado were a scattered lot, seldom coming together. However when they did assemble, whether to hear a traveling preacher, celebrate a festive event, or attend a ranch dance, some type of sports activity could be expected. During a social event, children would be seen playing baseball with a stick and ball made from a piece of cloth wrapped around a rock. Old cow-pokes would be talking about the meanest bronc they had broken, the fastest…

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Recent Stories and Blogs

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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The Lipan Apaches: Southern Plains Indians in Eastern New Mexico And Texas

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on September 10, 2013 In Bandera County Texas in 1866 a fourteen-year-old orphan named Frank Buckalew was captured by a band of Apache Indians raiding settlements in the rugged Hill Country south of Austin and west of San Antonio. As he was being taken northwest out of the Hill Country and into the plains of West Texas, young Frank must have wondered what was coming…

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Indians of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico

History Notebook by Jim Harris. Originally published in the Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, New Mexico on September 17 My writing of last week’s History Notebook on the Lipan Apache Indians brought me to much more reading about the Native Americans of the American Southwest. From Sherry Robinson’s book “I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches,” I found myself looking at any book on Indians I have in my possession in the Lea County Museum and in…

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