Sunday, August 5, 2012

#15 Tour the Molly Brown House

Well I have to admit when my friend Ryan suggested I put this location on the list I was a little hesitant. I always thought it would be like a titanic museum. I was never a big fan of the movie and that had put a bad taste in my mouth. Plus it kind of sounded boring. But I thought why not? I have never done it and I do live in Colorado. Molly Brown House

I am really glad I did put it on my list. It was a really great experience. Molly Brown (real name: Margret Brown) was an amazing women. She was a civil rights leader and a world influencer. She helped make Denver into a thriving city. I was very impressed with how she choose to live her life. She was born in a river town called Hannibal, Missouri. She lived there with her large family till she was 18 years old. At that time she moved to Lead Ville, Colorado. This is where she met her husband and had two kids. They were a poor mining family. But in 1893 Molly's husband, JJ Brown, discovered gold. Overnight they became millionaires.

The Browns moved to Denver. Molly was involved in women's suffrage and she also became an advocate for miners. Molly’s commitment to social reform grew, and in 1901 she attempted to win a seat in the state senate, but she dropped out of the race before Election Day. All of this, she accomplished before she traveled on the Titanic. This is how she got the name the Unsinkable Molly Brown.Read all about her

The museum is wonderful. My ticket was 8 dollars and that was totally worth it. She had a lovely house and everything inside was original era. Of course you cannot take pictures but I would recommend you take a little trip. I have plans to go back during Halloween to take the hunted tour. I would also like to dress up like Molly because she had an incredible sense of style.

Being at the museum inspired me to rethink about my unit on Civil Rights leaders. I am now going to spend some time teaching my students about Molly Brown the Civil Rights leader from Colorado.