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Western Heritage Museum to Offer Sunday Film Series

Western Heritage Museum to Offer Sunday Film Series photo 8/20/2010 1:12:23 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Looking for something interesting to do on a boring Sunday afternoon? The Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame has a solution: come on out from 1:00-5:00 p.m., beginning August 22, to enjoy one of the finest museums around—as well as a series of films that will both interest and entertain.

At 2 p.m. each Sunday a new film will be offered in the Museum’s comfortable state-of-the-art theater.  This Sunday’s film will be Guge: Lost Kingdom of Tibet.  According to Mary Lyle, Education & Events Coordinator, the film examines one of the world’s greatest mysteries of all time.  In the barren landscape of remote western Tibet lie the ruins of a mysterious kingdom whose capital, high on the Tibetan plateau, offers archaeological treasures that are comparable to those of Italy’s Pompeii.  Once controlling the trade in gold, silk, and spices between India and China, the Tibetan capital of Guge was a kingdom of fabulous wealth and great religious significance; in fact, it was the very cradle of Himalayan Buddhism. Yet this spiritual and commercial hub vanished without a trace in 1630.

The extraordinary altitude, hostile terrain, and political upheaval within Tibet have prevented all but a handful of men from making a serious study in this area. Guge: Lost Kingdom of Tibet follows two of the world’s experts, Tibetan historian Tsering Gyalpo and American archaeologist John Bellezza, to the extreme corner of western Tibet to unravel this centuries-old mystery.

Admission to the Museum is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors 65 and older, and $2 for students.  Children 5 & under are free, NMJC students are free, and members of the Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame are free.  For more information, please call 575.392.6730.

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