For example, Rogers was the granddaughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the founders, along with John D. Rockefeller, of the Standard Oil Company. Like Millicent Rogers herself, her grandfather provided financial support for a variety of friends and worthy causes who went on to become icons of American history. Henry Huttleston Rogers supported Mark Twain during his career as a writer and sponsored Helen Keller's education. In fact, Keller dedicated her book, The World I Live In, to Rogers.
Rogers was also the muse for several notable fashion designers, such as Charles James and John Galliano, and donated the majority of her haute couture collection to the Brooklyn Museum, which now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Her own jewelry designs were influenced by her travels and interest in world art, and have subsequently inspired her great-granddaughter, Sascha Peralta-Ramos, to create her own jewelry line. Mary Millicent designs are available at the MRM Store and were highlighted in a recent New York Times article. If you are interested in helping the MRM continue to preserve this legacy, consider sponsoring our Turquoise Gala, purchase tickets to the event, or pledge an annual gift through our membership program.