September 2016 Newsletter
Letter from the Director
Last month, we hosted our Turquoise Gala, the museum's main fundraiser for the year, and it was a huge success!  On behalf of the staff, trustees, and volunteers at the MRM, we would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who made our event possible.  A full list of our sponsors and donors is listed below, but we have many more local businesses, artists, and members of the community to thank for the donation of their time and talents.  This past Labor Day marked the end of the Blue Star Museums promotion.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the MRM joined over two thousand museums across the country in offering free admission for active duty military and their families. The closest military bases to Taos are in Albuquerque and Colorado Springs, so we would especially like to thank all the Blue Star families that came to see us over the summer.  We opened a new exhibit on September 1 that focuses on the history of beadwork in northern New Mexico.  Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the MRM and E. Irving Couse Collections ​is also a collaboration with the Couse Foundation, another non-profit cultural institution in Taos, and you can read more about the exhibit below.  The first MRM trip from our fall travel program, "On the Trail of the Anasazi" September 10-16, hits the road this weekend.  We'll be posting lots of fun pics of our travelers on our Facebook page so you can follow their progress as they explore Ancestral Pueblo sites throughout the Four Corners region.  Due to the popularity of our second trip, "On the Trail of the Hopi" October 15-21, we have opened up more seats on the tour bus.  Please email our store manager and trip coordinator, Nancy Colvert, at or call (575) 758-4316 for more information or to make a reservation.
Thanks again for supporting the MRM and I'll see you at the museum!
New Openings, Ongoing Exhibits, and Upcoming Events
Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the Millicent Rogers                                 Museum and E. Irving Couse Collections
Galleries 9 & 10

Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the Millicent Rogers Museum and the E. Irving Couse Collection focuses on the history of beadwork in northern New Mexico--an art form not typically associated with the Southwest.  Finely crafted beaded works that were collected by Millicent Rogers’ youngest son and the founder of the MRM, Paul Peralta-Ramos, are paired with items collected by the painter and first president of the Taos Society of Artists, E. Irving Couse. Crossing Paths examines the history of how this art form made its way into northern New Mexico through trade connections with the north and the cultural interconnectivity that has since ensued.  

This exhibit will be on view from September 1 to January 31, 2017.  Visit our website for more information.

Visit our event calendar for more information.
Millicent Rogers Museum's
2016 Travel Program
The Millicent Rogers Museum's “On the Trail of the Anasazi: Four Corners Archaeology for Non-Archaeologists” hits the road this week from September 10 – 16, 2016.  Follow our Facebook page for fun updates from our travelers.  
“On the Trail of the Anasazi” will include guided visits to Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Chaco Canyon and Aztec, New Mexico, Chimney Rock and Mesa Verde, Colorado, Newspaper Rock and Hovenweep, Utah and The Anasazi Heritage Center in Cortez, Colorado and the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah. Participants will learn about the ancient culture of the Four Corners area and the beautiful art and buildings these amazing people left behind.
“On the Trail of the Hopi” October 15 -- 21, 2016 will include visits to the Ancestral Hopi sites of Homolovi, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, as well as three days in Hopi visiting villages and the Taawa Canyon petroglyph site, the largest rock art site in the Southwest.  Many of these locations are accessible only with a Hopi guide.  The trip will also include lectures and a katsina carving demonstration and pottery firing.
For complete itineraries for these trips, please check the museum store or click here for more information and trip reading lists. 

Due to the popularity of the "On the Trail of the Hopi" trip, we are now taking more reservations.  Please call the Museum Store at (575) 758-4316 to make a reservation or if you have any questions. 
Fall for Antiques
Show & Sale
October 7, 8, and 9, 2016

Friday, October 7th
  • Preview Reception from     5:30-  8:00 p.m.
  • General Tickets are $25 
  • Member Tickets are $20
  • Ticket holders receive admission for the whole weekend
  • Note that the museum will be closed during the day on Friday, October 7th for the antiques show installation and the ​Crossing Paths beadwork show will be off exhibit for the whole weekend.

Saturday, October 8th
  • Museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • General admission unless a Preview Reception ticket has been purchased
  • Lecture by MRM Executive Director Caroline Jean Fernald on historic Pueblo pottery at 2 p.m. included with admission

Sunday, October 9th
  • Museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • General admission unless a Preview Reception ticket has been purchased

See our website for more information or call (575) 758-2462.
MRM Store
The Millicent Rogers Museum Store is one of the best places in Taos and online to purchase authentic vintage and contemporary Southwestern art, jewelry, clothing, and accessories.  New items are added regularly, such as the purses pictured here.  Each bag is made from old Navajo textiles, antique bridle metal, and repurposed leather.  

Members receive a 10% discount!
Help the MRM Continue to be the
Best Museum in Taos!
The Millicent Rogers Museum was founded 60 years ago by Millicent Rogers' son Paul Peralta-Ramos to honor his mother and showcase her extraordinary collection of Southwest art. The museum was established as a non-profit cultural institution and has grown and thrived with the help of friends like you. Through your support, we have recently been awarded the Best Museum in Taos for the third year in a row!  In order to continue to care for our fabulous collection and contribute to the local Taos community, we rely on dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and supporters, such as yourself.  
Here are some ways you can help:
As always, we are grateful for your support!
Spotlight on Our Volunteers!
For this month's volunteer spotlight, we would like to acknowledge the dynamic duo of Carl and Lin Jones.  Lin is a special events and admissions desk volunteer, and says that she likes greeting visitors from all over the world at the museum.  She also serves on our collections committee and helped catalogue the museum's collection of over 7,000 objects.  Lin is an accomplished seamstress and weaver and finds the "intricate work with very fine wool" in our textile gallery fascinating.  She recently visited our Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the MRM and E. Irving Couse Collections exhibit, and "didn't realized there was so much beadwork in both collections."  As someone who has a lot of experience with needle and thread, she can certainly attest for the amount of skill, patience, and time that goes into the elaborate beaded ornamentation on each piece in the exhibit.  Carl is also a special events volunteer and says that he wishes he could spend more time at the MRM because its a "fun space to be in with treasures everywhere."  However, his role as the president of the Couse Foundation keeps him pretty busy.  According to Carl, the Couse Foundation is "delighted to collaborate with the MRM in exhibiting fabulous examples of Native American artistry that are not typically on display."  He has lived in communities before where arts organizations did not collaborate, which created an unhealthy and competitive environment.  In Taos, the directors of various organizations frequently collaborate, and as a result, attendance increases and we help promote each other.  His favorite pieces in our beadwork exhibit are the Plateau ledger shirt (pictured in the director's letter) and the exhibit case featuring dresses from both collections (pictured above).  If you would like to learn more about our beadwork exhibit, visit our website.  If you would like to join our amazing team of volunteers, please email our curator and volunteer coordinator, Carmela Quinto, at
A Special Thanks to Our 2016 Turquoise Gala Sponsors
Linda & Robert Attiyeh
Holly & Tom Azzari
Robert Bauver: Antique Tribal Art Dealers Assoc.
Barbara Brenner
Rebecca & Carl Calvert
Centinel Bank of Taos
Carol & Robert Cudd: Cudd Foundation
Pam & B.T. Coleman
Ann & Terry Conner
Karen Cove
Barbara & Frank Crews
Judy & John Crouch
Dr. & Mrs. R.J. Dunlap
Laurie & Craig Dunn
Melinda & Roger Eiteljorg
Paula & Steve Fasken
Lenny Foster: Living Light Photography
Pamela Garrison
Mary Dale & Jim Gordon
Sally Graubarth
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Hall lll
Peggy & John Hamilton
Dr. Kay & Gregg Harris
Linda & Bob Hull
Shanti & Yale Jones
Marguerite & Dave Lambert
Janis & Dennis Lyon
Jonna-Lynn Mandelbaum
Robyn & Joseph Miller
Christina Peralta-Ramos
Shelly & Philip Peralta-Ramos
Dr. Richard & Bette Pesikoff
Dona & Michael Phelan
Sondra & Randy Phillips: Home2Taos
Happy Price
Jere Robertson
Dr. Richard & Annette Rubin
Joyce & Donald Rumsfeld
Marny & Joel Schantz
Lillian & Bob Shaw
Anthony Skvarla
Francy & John Speirs
Andrea Szekeres
Linda & Jay Thomas
Kathy & Dennis Tyree
Nancy & Patrick Willson
Susan & Steven Zumdahl

A Special Thanks to 2016 Turquoise Gala Paddles-Up Contributers
Jeanne & Michael Adler
Debbie Asbury & Don Crumb
Jeff Baker
Barbara Brenner
Rebecca & Carl Calvert
Judy & John Crouch
Carol & Robert Cudd
Barbara & Gary Devane
Laurie & Craig Dunn
Paula & Steve Fasken
Jeanette Garcia
Whitney & Victor Goler
Joanna & John Harrison
Mitzy Kennaugh
Yale and Shanti Jones
Barbara Mullen
Janet & John Mockovciak
Gregory Nelson
Renze Nesbit
Shelly & Philip Peralta-Ramos
Dr. Richard & Annette Rubin
Marny & Joel Schantz
Dr. Ted Schupbach
Francy & John Speirs
Dale & John Tillery
Caroline Jean Fernald

PO Box 1210, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, Taos, NM 87571