The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at The University of Texas at El Paso will reopen to the public for free on October 11, 2016.

The museum opens after it had to close due to repairs following a water pipe break that caused extensive damage.

The exhibits are free and open to the public and will include a presentation of the new exhibit, “The Notebook of Nancy Lea” in conjunction with the Tom Lea Institute in honor of Tom Lea Month.


Nancy Lea was Tom Lea’s first wife who died at a young age. Nancy was an aspiring writer with a strong point of view. Though none of her works were ever published, her writings continue to tell her story more than 80 years after her death.

“The Notebook of Nancy Lea” exhibit includes excerpts from Nancy’s journal as well as stunning photographs of Nancy and Tom.

In addition to the opening, the museum also will present a talk by Adair Margo, founder and president of the Tom Lea Institute, titled “Nancy Lea: In Her Own Words” at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016.


The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. “The Notebook of Nancy Lea” exhibit runs October 11 – December 22, 2016.