Programs & Exhibits

Programs & Exhibits

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 1931 Lister Building.

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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 of aircraft used in the industry to check pipelines. On ground floor of 1931 Lister Building.

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Medical Lea County

Doctors and medical supplies and equipment from Lea County history. Second floor of 1931 Lister Building.

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Tidwell Native American Room

Hobbs Tidwell family's collection of archaeological artifacts gathered over the lifetime of two generations of the family. On the seconds floor of the 1931 Lister Building.

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Educational Programs/Tours

As an educational organization focusing upon the history of Lea County, the LCM hosts 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 American 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 1971 to 1980, 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 participating 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

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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