Did You Know?

That J.J. Brown was a self-taught mining engineer who designed a method to reach the largest vein of gold found in Leadville in 1893?

Beginning August 2015 and running through Spring of 2017 the Molly Brown House Museum will be undergoing the first of several restoration and repair projects. The Museum will remain open to the public for tours during the entirety of what will be the largest restoration of the Museum since the 1970s. These projects will minimally impact access to the Museum site as well as how Museum tours are conducted through 2016. This fascinating and necessary restoration work will be in lieu of any formal exhibits during this time period. We encourage you to visit the Museum to lend your support, witness the work first-hand, and, as always, learn about Denver's own Unsinkable Margaret Brown.

Historic Denver is embarking upon a bold new era of impact in Denver! In 2014, we launched a $2 million Investing in Action for the Places You Love capital and capacity-building campaign, designed to ensure that we continue to shape our community for years to come. The campaign has three components:

Invest in the Treasure – After hosting 2 million visitors since opening in 1970, the Molly Brown House Museum is undergoing its first major repairs in over forty years by restoring the iconic front porch, carriage house roof, and stained glass windows. Once restored, the Museum will open the garret as servant’s quarters, enabling us to tell new stories about the home’s inhabitants. The Museum will also get new visitor amenities including greater accessibility for the mobility impaired, a curator’s workroom visible to the public, additional family restrooms, and a large public education space. Help us complete these projects by 2017 and preserve this important Denver home for another 126 years.

Invest in the Future - Historic Denver is launching an innovative Action Fund to engage and inspire new audiences to think creatively about historic preservation. Through direct investment in community projects, a design competition, historic and architectural walking tours, and forums on the future of our built environment, the Action Fund will cultivate a new generation of preservationists and encourage greater involvement in local heritage.

Invest in the Legacy - The organization is building a Legacy Fund to plan for future capital needs at the Museum and to protect against major crises or the deferral of important projects. The Legacy Fund will also protect Historic Denver’s 61 preservation easements and assist in the ongoing operational needs of Historic Denver’s programming.

There are a few ways you can participate right now:

In Person: See the work at the Museum first-hand and make your donation, or pick up a special contribution envelope during your visit

Online: Make a secure donation at store.historicdenver.org /store/support-donations/

On the Phone: Call Historic Denver at 303-534-5288 ext. 7 to make a pledge payment over the phone

We appreciate your support of Historic Denver and we encourage you to be a part of our exciting future by contributing to the campaign today!