HOBBS –– There is an old saying, attributed to the Cherokee tribe: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”
This philosophy is the basis for the new exhibit opening Thursday at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, located on the New Mexico Junior College campus. Called “Walk A Mile,” the exhibit features dozens of pairs of shoes from famous and infamous New Mexicans.
Visitors will learn personal stories of celebrities, artists, leaders, athletes and more, through the shoes these individuals have worn. The public is invited to the opening reception Thursday at 5:30 p.m., where some of the shoe owners will be on hand to discuss their respective stories. There is no charge to the public.
“Shoes are something we all have in common and can really tell you about someone,” says Erin Anderson, curator of the museum and this new exhibit. “Visitors will see the shoes and read the stories, and perhaps have a unique understanding of the personalities who wore them.”
Among the shoes on display are those worn by LPGA golfer Nancy Lopez, artist George O’Keeffe, actresses Kathy Baker and Heidi Swedberg, actor Ronny Cox, astronaut F. Andrew Gaffney, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, sculptor Glenna Goodacre and dozens more.
Walk A Mile will be on display from Thursday through Nov. 5 at the Western Heritage Museum.
For more information, call 575-492-2678.