Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

NMJC Museum to Host Biblical Archeologist

NMJC Museum to Host Biblical Archeologist photo 11/8/2007 4:47:12 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will host Dr. Roy Blizzard, internationally recognized author and biblical archeologist, on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 pm. Admission is free.

Blizzard's topic of discussion for Wednesday evening will be "Intelligent Design and the Biblical Text." Following his presentation Wednesday, Blizzard will speak at College of the Southwest on Thursday, November 15, at 7pm, with a discussion topic entitled "Recent Discoveries in Biblical Archaeology."

Blizzard, who holds master's degrees from ENMU and the University of Texas as well as a doctorate in Hebrew Studies, is the founder and CEO of Bible Scholars, Inc., recently merged into the Biblical Research Foundation, dedicated to biblical research and education. Blizzard, who is sought after as a frequent television and radio guest, has been host to over 500 television programs about Israel and the Middle East for various television networks.

Over the years, he has directed and guided numerous historical and archaeological study seminars to Israel as well as Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

His publications include Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus, Let Judah Go Up First, A Believer's Guide to Passover - A Christian Haggadah with Parallels to the Lord's Supper, and Jesus the Rabbi and His Rabbinic Method of Teaching. Blizzard's future publications include Jesus the Man, His Ministry and His Message.

For more information, please call 575.392.6730.

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About Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame

A prehistoric sea. Rich grasslands. Millions of buffalo. Ancient Indian tribes. The Great American Desert. Ranchers and homesteaders. World champion cowboys. The discovery of oil!

From the ancient, prehistoric sea that once covered the Permian Basin to the rugged individuals who tamed the Llano Estacado, or “staked plains,” the unique and colorful spirit of the timeless land of southern New Mexico can be explored fully at the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs.

The museum's exhibits strikingly depict the vast region's fascinating background. As the largest non-mountainous land formation in North America, the Llano Estacado covers an area larger than the combined states of Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Throughout the centuries, this expansive area was comprised of rich grasslands that supported life for millions of buffalo, as well as a number of Native American peoples.

Long known as “The Great American Desert, ” the Llano Estacado was avoided by Europeans for centuries. It wasn't until the 1880s that bison hunters discovered the La Pista de Vida Agua, or Trail of Living Waters, which ran across northern Lea County. From that point on, the area underwent extensive exploration by the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and others.

Such efforts of early explorers convinced some that there was enough water to sustain livestock—if one was lucky enough to gain control of the few springs and lakes in the region. However, with the advent of the windmill, which pumped life-giving water from far below the surface, life on the Llano Estacado was changed forever. Now, enterprising homesteaders, cowboys, and ranchers were able to move onto the seemingly inhospitable rangelands to begin staking a future for themselves and their families.

As these hearty pioneers slowly began to tame the region, one last secret was discovered deep within the bosom of the Llano Estacado: oil! And with this discovery, the face of the Llano Estacado was to be transformed yet again. . .

Come discover for yourself the compelling history, the rugged men and women, and the rich traditions beautifully showcased in the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs!

Background: At approximately 29,000 square feet, the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame was completed late fall 2005 and opened January 14, 2006. In addition to offering world-class exhibits throughout the year that exemplify the diversity, beauty, and rich cultural traditions that have shaped the American Southwest, the Museum also serves as home to the renowned Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, which boasts more world champion cowboys than any other region in the world!

The Museum is located on the Lovington Highway (State Highway 18) between New Mexico Junior College and Lea Regional Hospital (and just past Zia Park Racetrack & Casino!). Come check out all the exciting new happenings around Hobbs!

Regular hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.

Admission:
Adults - $3
Seniors (65+) - $2
Youth (6-18) - $2
Children 5 and under - Free

School groups from Lea County will be admitted free of charge.
School groups from outside the County will pay $1 admission fee.

Discounts will be offered to military, American Automotive Association (AAA), and groups of 10 or more.

Contact

For additional information contact:

Darrell Beauchamp – Exec. Dir. Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame
New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
575.492.2676
DBeauchamp@nmjc.edu