Celebrating the Irish in Colorado.
Presentation and Reception by Andrea Malcomb, Museum Director and Adrian Farrell, Consul General of Ireland.
The event is free but reservations are required for a limited number of tickets. Free parking will be available in the Credit Union lot directly across the road from the Molly Brown House Museum.
Molly Brown is a famous Irish-American woman of the early 20th century, most notably as one of the surviving passengers on the ill-fated ship, the Titanic.She was labelled ‘the Unsinkable Molly Brown’ by the media after the disaster, although throughout her life she was always known as Maggie.
Born to Irish Immigrants in 1867, she moved to Leadville in Colorado when she was 18 and found work in department store. She met James Joseph Brown, known as JJ, and they got married in 1886.
Their fortunes took a turn for the better when Jim was instrumental in a major breakthrough for his mining company. His employers rewarded him with 12,500 shares in the company and a seat on the board. The Browns were now financially secure beyond their wildest dreams. Molly used this freedom to work in a soup kitchen to help support the miner’s families. The Browns moved to Denver in 1894 and became part of the city’s vibrant upper class society. Molly took advantage of her new-found status as a socialite.
Brown was one of the socialites that helped to raise money for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver in 1911 and also St Joseph’s Hospital. She then assisted Judge Lindsey in establishing a Juvenile’s Court, so that wayward children could be helped and guided back onto the straight and narrow. Judge Lindsey was also helped by Brown in his campaign to completely abolish child labour.