2014 Exhibit Schedule:
“I go anywhere that I am needed.” – Margaret Brown
Margaret Tobin Brown inspires us to believe in the power of individual action and her story demonstrates one person’s ability to effect change lasting beyond a lifetime. Margaret Brown witnessed inequalities all around her, so rather than stand idly by she used the power of her conviction to challenge public perceptions, create positive change, and educate and inspire generations to make a difference in the world we share. Join the Molly Brown House Museum in 2014 as we explore some of the most defining events of Margaret Brown’s life from one hundred years ago which made her one of the preeminent female voices of her day.
“A Changing Nation”
January 12th – March 31st, 2014
Margaret Brown was both extraordinary and representative. Her experiences were worthy of Hollywood tales, but the sights, sounds, issues and events that shaped her time left their mark as well. Industrialization, immigration, and changing women’s roles dramatically impacted everyday life. Molly Brown: Biography of a Changing Nation, funded with the support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, helps us understand how Margaret Brown’s life story truly becomes the biography of our own changing nation.
“All Who Need Aid”
April 4th – May 16th, 2014
The Colorado Coal Field Wars of 1913-1914 proved to be one of the most violent and deadly labor strikes in the United States. Many well-known female reformers responded to the events at Ludlow immediately including Margaret Brown. Mrs. Brown brokered talks between the unions and capitalists and generated international attention in support of miners’ rights. All Who Need Aid takes an in-depth look at these female reformers and the positive change they affected on behalf of Colorado’s mine workers, as well the impact these events have made on our state today. The All Who Need exhibit is a project by students at the University of Colorado at Denver under Senior Instructor Rebecca Hunt, Ph.D.
“A Call to Arms”
June 2nd – September 28th, 2014
For many wealthy Americans France was a second home, so when war broke out in 1914 they put their money and influence behind the war effort. Notable American women, including Margaret Brown, became vital to the humanitarian relief efforts in France by establishing ambulance motor pools, opening field hospitals, distributing food and rebuilding devastated areas. The war hit closer to home for Mrs. Brown when her son Lawrence entered service in 1917. A Call to Arms will explore both the exemplary service of Colorado soldiers like Lawrence Brown, as well as the important role of the American women who served in the Great War providing humanitarian aid. This exhibit will highlight Margaret Brown’s body of work during the war which would later earn her the prestigious French Legion of Honor award.
“A Right to Vote”
October 9th, 2014 – January 25, 2015
1914 was also a busy year politically for Margaret Brown. Mrs. Brown was in the midst of a bid to become US Senator for Colorado when the events of Ludlow unfolded and when war was declared in Europe. A Right to Vote explores Margaret Brown’s active engagement with the U.S. suffragist movement centered in Newport, Rhode Island. The “Conference of Great Women” at the home of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont on July 25, 1914 was an important stepping stone towards the 19th Amendment, passed in 1920, prohibiting any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.
New for 2014:
Smart Set Lecture Series
The 2014 lecture series at the Molly Brown House Museum will feature notable local speakers who will provide insight into the themes highlighted in each exhibit connecting to Margaret Brown’s body of work. We’ll explore together topics relevant to social activism, justice, and community involvement both then and now. Sign up at mollybrown.org.