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Millicent Rogers Museum
1501 Millicent Rogers Road
Taos, NM 87571

Searching for Beauty: the Life of Millicent Rogers, by Cherie Burns

When visiting the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, you’re visiting the legacy of Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers. After years of living a glamorous lifestyle, her health in decline, Rogers retreated to Taos. She fell in love with place and culture and began collecting Native American jewelry and textiles. Rogers died in 1953 and in 1956 her family opened the Millicent Rogers Museum in her honor. The museum continues to pay tribute to Rogers as it “acquires, preserves, conducts research on, displays and interprets its collections to help educate the public about the art, history and cultures of the Native American, Hispanic and Euro-American peoples of the Southwest, emphasizing northern New Mexico and Taos.” As a visitor, the beauty of the collection touched me, including pottery by Maria Martinez, along with the building itself and the surrounding landscape. I also enjoyed perusing The Museum Store with its nicely selected offerings of jewelry, rugs, baskets, and books, including the recently published biography by Cherie Burns, Searching for Beauty: the Life of Millicent Rogers. The book captures Rogers’ life — her privileged background, luxurious lifestyle, and her last years in Taos. Reading it will no doubt enhance a visit to the Millicent Rogers Museum.