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?

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 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.

As part of the Molly Brown House Museum’s summer exhibit A Call to Arms, which commemorates World War I and Margaret “Molly” Brown’s involvement, the Museum is proud to host images from American women rebuilding France 1917-1924: A photo exhibition from Anne Morgan’s War. This exceptional photo exhibition is comprised of period photographs that depict the work of the American Committee for Devastated France. Photos on exhibit are from the photographic collection of the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blerancourt in Picardy, France.

A Call to Arms exhibit partners include: the American Friends of Blerancourt, the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, the Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cumberland County Historical SocietyHistory Colorado, Miramont Castle, the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University, The Traveling Historian, and the Willamette Heritage Center.

“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.