Overview of the Collection
Margaret Tobin Brown was born to Irish immigrants John and Johanna Tobin in 1867 in Hannibal, Missouri. The Tobins were part of a wave of immigration following the first period of industrialization in America. Hannibal was a diverse community where Margaret was exposed to a variety of people and interests and where her parents found a group of like-minded Irish Catholic immigrants who supported both freedom and equality.
The Tobins had progressive views that valued education, even for their daughters. Margaret attended school until age 13 and the lessons she learned from her parents stayed with her throughout her life, guiding her drive for personal growth and her commitment to participating in the world around her.
Margaret also encountered the struggles of the laboring class when she began working in a factory at age 13. Long days, low wages and instability characterized the lives of many in her community, including her father. One of her dreams, shaped by Hannibal’s status as a major transportation hub, was to move west. Margaret and her brother Daniel followed personal dreams and the national chain of migration to Leadville, Colorado.
If you have an object you wish to donate that has provenance linking it to Margaret and James Joseph Brown or their families, please email photographs along with any information you have on the item, especially its provenance, to Stephanie McGuire, Curator of Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an object you wish to donate that is significant to Colorado’s past, we suggest you contact the History Colorado Center at 303-866-2305.
If you have an object you wish to donate to a museum, please contact either the Mountain-Plains Museum Association or the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums at:
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