Olney Heritage Museum Exhibits Olney’s history
The Olney Heritage Museum features a room full of exhibits that display pieces of Olney history. Each exhibit, that features historical items donated by Olney citizens, has its own story. Two items currently on display that possess a deep and rich history were donated by Olney resident Lisa Lunsford.
Lunsford was recently cleaning out her family’s barn when she discovered a set of original seats from the old Westex Theatre that entertained Olney for decades in the 20th century. Lunsford’s grandfather owned the theatre, along with several others.
“My grandmother was from an elite family that owned theatres in New Mexico,” Lunsford said. “Through her, my grandfather got into the theatre business.”
Another piece of history donated by Lunsford is a quilt that features the names of the 1951 Olney Cubs varsity football team.
Lunsford said she found the blanket when cleaning out her closet, and its importance to her lies in the connection to her late father, Olney resident Richard Lunsford. Richard was the quarterback of the 1951 football team, and his name is also written on the blanket.
“My dad was very precious to me,” Lunsford said. “This blanket is something I am proud of.” Olney residents are encouraged to donate their historical items to the museum. For more information on the donation process, visit the Olney Heritage Museum website at www.OlneyHeritageMuseum.org.