"A Deep and Lasting Commitment"
Janet and Stephen Rogers have an affection for The Huntington that has spanned many years and continues to deepen. For Janet, it began on a childhood school outing when she was introduced to Pinkie and Blue Boy for the first time. It was love at first sight.
When Janet married Steve, he embraced The Huntington with equal enthusiasm, and they visited often to enjoy the gardens, galleries, and exhibitions. But the research library remained a mystery, until one day Steve mentioned that he had a passion for American history, especially the Civil War. Huntington staff urged the couple to get engaged—in conferences, seminars, lectures, and Society of Fellows activities.
“We came to a Civil War conference and saw some of the rare items in the collections. We were blown away,” says Janet. “As we learned more about the exceptional research program and the fellowships that support some of the best scholars, we got hooked.”
In December, Janet and Steve took their involvement to a new level when they generously endowed a long-term research fellowship, the Rogers Fellowship in 19th-Century American History, with a gift of $1 million.
Robert C. Ritchie, W.M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington, notes that Civil War scholars in particular will benefit from the gift. “Thanks to Janet and Steve, The Huntington will have one of the most coveted research fellowships in the field. Each year, we’ll be able to attract a superb scholar.”
Janet and Steve Rogers have seen their love for The Huntington mature in to a deep and meaningful commitment. “It is a special pleasure to be able to indulge our passion for scholarship by supporting the research program,” says Steve. “We look forward to meeting the first fellow.”
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