The Lea County Museum


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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.



            Award-winning Texas photographer Ginger Sisco Cook will appear at a reception for her between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Lea County Museum’s Art Gallery in Lovington.

            An exhibition of her photographs, entitled “El Llano Estacado:  Contemporary Photographs of the Staked Plains,” will remain at the gallery until April 11.

            There are no charges for exhibitions and programs at the Lea County Museum, located across the street from and on the south side of the Lea County Courthouse.

            Entertainment will be by Buck Vandermeer on keyboard and Jay Patton on Saxophone, the duo performing jazz, blues, and pop standards.

            Ginger Cook will visit with guests and answer questions about her photographic techniques and about the influences on her work.

            Cook was raised on the Llano Estacado in West Texas, and she still has relatives and friends in such towns as Seminole, Denver City, and Plains.

            Of the love of her home turf and the love of her art, she writes,

            The high plains call to me. The wind whispers in my ear to photograph the land of my memories. I didn’t know there were boundaries along the road when I was a little girl traveling to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.