Comb Morion helmet, probably Spanish or Italian, 16-17th centuries of the type worn by the Spanish conquistadores. On loan from a private collection to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Courtesy photo
The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) in Taos has announced a special exhibition, “New Mexico is My Home”, opening Friday, March 27 and continuing until June 28.
The exhibition is featuring more than 50 objects borrowed from private collections that chronicle the history and cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest. The exhibition begins with early maps relating to the first explorations of the Southwest. Along the way, visitors will see and learn about the early settlement of the region, the impact of the Mexican War in 1847, the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1915 as well as the influence of tourism.
The collection was primarily borrowed from the private museum of Jim and Mary Dale Gordon. Items featured include 17th and 18th century documents, a rifle that probably was carried by one of Geronimo’s band, and early maps showing the evolution of the state’s borders. Other items borrowed from private collections include a rare quilt made by one of the units stationed in New Mexico during the Mexican Border Insurrection and a second quilt featuring images of Buffalo Bill and President Teddy Roosevelt.
“This special exhibition is very unique and many of the items have never been publicly shown before,” MRM Executive Director Peter S. Seibert said. “It has something for everyone and is one of the most fun shows we have ever done!”
The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed March 30, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day).