Margaret’s Christmases Through the Years

2020-12-27T15:30:16-07:00

Christmas in Hannibal, Missouri-Margaret’s Childhood Margaret Tobin (later Brown) celebrated her very first Christmas in Hannibal, Missouri. She was born in 1867, just after the Civil War, to hard working Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin. When Margaret was three years old, Christmas became a United States holiday. Christmas trees became popular in England and [...]

Margaret’s Christmases Through the Years2020-12-27T15:30:16-07:00

Margaret’s Mon Etui

2020-12-16T14:47:01-07:00

While the Molly Brown House Museum, aka the House of Lions at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue in Denver, is undeniably the most famous residence of Margaret Brown, this was not the only house which she spent her time in. After she separated from J.J. in 1909, Margaret not only traveled even more than she had before, [...]

Margaret’s Mon Etui2020-12-16T14:47:01-07:00

A Model Citizenship: Doing Our Part in 1918 and in 2020

2020-12-02T16:03:18-07:00

Armistice Day, 1918. Courtesy of Denver Public Library 102 years ago, a powerful strain of the flu swept the globe, infecting one third of the world’s population. Despite being called the Spanish Flu, is believed to have begun at US Army Camp Funston in Kansas earlier in 1918, and spread across the world via troop [...]

A Model Citizenship: Doing Our Part in 1918 and in 20202020-12-02T16:03:18-07:00

How the Brown’s Spent Thanksgiving

2020-11-24T15:46:00-07:00

Giving thanks for a special event, for home and for family has a long tradition in the cultures across the world, but the American idea and tradition of Thanksgiving Day for Margaret Brown’s family and for many of us has evolved from simple proclamations of thanksgiving to God to an event centered around the home, [...]

How the Brown’s Spent Thanksgiving2020-11-24T15:46:00-07:00

A Lady Explorer, A Traveler in Skirts

2020-09-14T11:32:09-06:00

“A lady explorer? A traveler in skirts? The notion’s just a trifle too seraphic: Let them stay and mind the babies Or hem our ragged shirts; But they mustn’t, can’t and shan’t be geographic." Letter to the Royal Geographic Society, June 1893 Who was the Intrepid Woman Traveler? By the 19th century, a new class [...]

A Lady Explorer, A Traveler in Skirts2020-09-14T11:32:09-06:00

“No Pink Tea”: Mrs. Brown for Senate

2020-07-30T11:55:49-06:00

In Margaret Brown’s era, “Pink tea politics” suggested a frivolous engagement with political change, particularly among women of the upper classes of society. Progressive-era gatherings known as ‘pink teas’ were a socially acceptable way for women to organize and strategize in the pursuit of women’s rights, particularly the right to vote without the oversight or [...]

“No Pink Tea”: Mrs. Brown for Senate2020-07-30T11:55:49-06:00

Upstairs, Downstairs: Servants in Colorado and 1340 Pennsylvania St.

2020-07-02T15:10:49-06:00

“Servants of Mrs. Brown Poisoned”, reads a headline on page one of the May 7, 1904 edition of the Denver Times. “Five of the servants seriously ill from eating contaminated food but the family escaped any issues,” it continues. Sam Gleason, stable boy, Mary O’Fallon, cook, Annie Schleining, second girl, Sadie Johnson second girl, and [...]

Upstairs, Downstairs: Servants in Colorado and 1340 Pennsylvania St.2020-07-02T15:10:49-06:00

Helen Tobin Kosure Through the Eyes of Her Scrapbook

2020-06-10T10:55:35-06:00

When asked what kind of Senator she would make, Margaret Brown dealt a “crushing blow to the anti-suffragists who solemnly maintain that the vote will break up homes and spoil women as wives and mothers” when she proclaimed herself a mother of fourteen. She explained that she not only mothered her own children, but twelve [...]

Helen Tobin Kosure Through the Eyes of Her Scrapbook2020-06-10T10:55:35-06:00

Margaret Brown and the Denver Women’s Press Club

2020-06-14T10:29:22-06:00

One of our wonderful volunteers recently won the Denver Women's Press Club's Unknown Writers Contest for Non-Fiction. She graciously agreed to write a guest blog for us on Margaret Brown and her involvement in the Press Club. We are happy to present it below: __________ The late 1800's marked a sea change for the women's [...]

Margaret Brown and the Denver Women’s Press Club2020-06-14T10:29:22-06:00

Suffrage Abroad

2020-03-02T10:56:49-07:00

“An Iraqi woman prepares to cast her voting ballot” courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In the United States, the fight for women’s suffrage began in 1848 at a meeting in Seneca Falls, New York.[1] In 1869, Wyoming became the first territory to grant women the right to vote and in 1893, Colorado became the first state [...]

Suffrage Abroad2020-03-02T10:56:49-07:00
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