A Devoted and Inspirational Mother

2020-03-23T13:01:32-06:00

Johanna Collins Tobin Margaret Tobin Brown is known as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” famous heroine of the Titanic. Although she was never called Molly (the name first appeared in an obituary, written by a man who had never met her), Margaret’s story has been shaped by myth and legend. At Historic Denver’s Molly [...]

A Devoted and Inspirational Mother2020-03-23T13:01:32-06:00

No More War, No More Plague: Denver and the Spanish Flu of 1918

2020-03-30T20:53:20-06:00

Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward [1910-1920]. Courtesy of Library of Congress It begins with a headache and tiredness followed by a dry, hacking cough. Loss of appetite and stomach problems develop; on the second day, excessive sweating. The symptoms are so severe that it is misdiagnosed at first as cholera, typhoid and dengue. The majority [...]

No More War, No More Plague: Denver and the Spanish Flu of 19182020-03-30T20:53:20-06:00

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

Getting to Know the Browns in Their Own Words

2020-02-06T14:47:43-07:00

The Museum recently began the undertaking of compiling all of Margaret and J.J. Brown's quotes. Along the way, we asked one of our Museum Specialists to write about the project and here is what she had to say: For the past few months I have been chipping away at what feels like an insurmountable task. [...]

Getting to Know the Browns in Their Own Words2020-02-06T14:47:43-07:00

Who Brings Our Gifts?

2019-12-15T11:20:15-07:00

In the United States, Europe, and many other parts of the globe, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, and Father Christmas bring gifts to all the good children on Christmas Eve. The book, T’was Night Before Christmas, was written by Clement Clark Moore in 1823. This was the first time St. Nick appeared in America in a [...]

Who Brings Our Gifts?2019-12-15T11:20:15-07:00

J.J. and Leadville’s Crystal Palace

2019-12-15T10:39:32-07:00

Located about two hours southwest of Denver is the town of Leadville, Colorado. Leadville holds the title of the highest elevation of a city in the United States at an impressive 10,152 feet. Established in 1877 by Horace Tabor, propelled by a silver boom, Leadville became one of the fastest growing communities in the [...]

J.J. and Leadville’s Crystal Palace2019-12-15T10:39:32-07:00

The Browns’ Summer Escape

2019-08-28T13:56:31-06:00

Just 10 miles southwest of the Molly Brown House Museum, at Wadsworth and Yale, is the Browns’ summer retreat, built by J. J. Brown in 1897. The Molly Brown Summer House, which the Browns dubbed “Avoca Lodge,” was a peaceful getaway for Margaret and J. J. to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. [...]

The Browns’ Summer Escape2019-08-28T13:56:31-06:00

A Two Year Interlude: When the Governor of Colorado Lived at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue

2019-06-06T13:42:47-06:00

For our current exhibit, “Everyone but the Browns - Through the Years at 1340 Pennsylvania St,” we are revealing some of the untold stories about the other occupants of the house. We know that the Browns occupied the house fulltime from 1894-1910. After 1910, the Browns lived elsewhere across the country and traveled abroad, and [...]

A Two Year Interlude: When the Governor of Colorado Lived at 1340 Pennsylvania Avenue2019-06-06T13:42:47-06:00

Irish in Denver

2013-03-14T18:54:26-06:00

Irish immigrants came to the United States in droves during the Irish Potato Famine (1845-1852) seeking a better life. Once they reached America however, they were met with discrimination and back breaking labor. Faced with the challenges of discrimination, the Irish fought hard to work their way up the socioeconomic ladder in America. The first-generation [...]

Irish in Denver2013-03-14T18:54:26-06:00

The Untold Story of the Titanic

2012-07-10T19:47:00-06:00

The following is an excerpt from the Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2000: Did you know that the Titanic included black passengers? Joseph Laroche, a Haitian-born, French-educated engineer left France with his family in 1912. Like Margaret Brown, they did not intend to travel on the Titanic. Joseph Laroche was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, and traveled [...]

The Untold Story of the Titanic2012-07-10T19:47:00-06:00
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