Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This year, the town of Taos is celebrating the many visionaries in its history and has launched a beautiful new website to help visitors navigate through all the events going on each month.  Millicent Rogers is highlighted as one very special visionary that has made Taos such a unique place.  At the museum, we are honoring both our namesake, Millicent Rogers, and founder, Paul Peralta-Ramos, with an exhibition dedicated to the parallels between her life, collection, and advocacy and the vision of the museum.  One of my favorite pieces in the Millicent as Visionary show is this golden railroad spike pin once owned by Millicent Rogers.  I figured today was the best day to feature this pin since May 10th is the anniversary of the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Point
to join the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

2016 is also a very significant year as it is the 60th anniversary of the Millicent Rogers Museum's founding and the 100th anniversary of the National Parks!

The pin was donated to the museum by her granddaughter, Isabella Kelsay, and many of the pieces in the exhibit were given to the museum by her children, grandchildren, and extended family.  We are inspired by both our namesake and founder and honored that the Rogers family continues to be involved with the museum.  If you would like to join the Millicent Rogers Museum family, I encourage you to become a member or sign up as a volunteer.  Funds from our membership program help us to care for our collection and share the arts and cultures of the Southwest in special exhibits, such as Santa Fe Indian School Style, Storytellers: Teaching Heritage through Song and Story, The Supernaturals: Contemporary Katsinas from the Collection, and, of course, Millicent as Visionary.

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