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

Historically Grand: Historic Denver Turns 50

2020-12-10T10:12:40-07:00

Fifty years ago, on December 11th, 1970, a non-profit officially incorporated as Historic Denver, Inc. Concerned citizens had watched the demolition of several iconic Denver buildings in years prior, so this group banded together and started with saving 1340 Pennsylvania Street. Designed by William Lang and occupied by Titanic survivor and social activist Margaret Tobin [...]

Historically Grand: Historic Denver Turns 502020-12-10T10:12:40-07:00

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

127 Years and Counting

2020-10-25T12:55:36-06:00

Throughout 2020, we have been commemorating the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment which made it possible for most women to vote. Did you know that this year Colorado women will be celebrating 127 years of voting? On November 7th, Colorado marks the anniversary of the 1893 referendum which gave the women of [...]

127 Years and Counting2020-10-25T12:55:36-06:00

Curiosities, Oddities, and Collecting

2020-10-29T18:10:08-06:00

Victorians were curious people interested in nature, the sciences, anatomy, botany, and morbidity. For upper-class citizens, collecting scientific objects showed that they were sophisticated and educated. The Victorians were interested, some even to the point of obsession, in beauty, death, and finding rare items that were visually appealing. Some collections were so extensive that they [...]

Curiosities, Oddities, and Collecting2020-10-29T18:10:08-06:00

Artifact Highlight: the Lions

2020-10-01T14:52:26-06:00

It is a well-known fact that Margaret Brown traveled to many places throughout the world. From New York to India, Paris to Moscow, she visited dozens of places over the course of her life, often picking up artifacts, art and inspiration along the way. One of the most striking and prominent examples of this in [...]

Artifact Highlight: the Lions2020-10-01T14:52:26-06:00

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

CO Artifact Highlight: Fireplace Screen

2020-08-15T11:10:58-06:00

When Historic Denver, Inc. bought the Molly Brown House in 1970, it had been emptied of Brown-owned objects and was being used as a boarding house. With restoration efforts and donations from descendants, Margaret’s renters, donors and others who had bought the objects in the house, museum curators have been able to verify and replace [...]

CO Artifact Highlight: Fireplace Screen2020-08-15T11:10:58-06:00
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