Fifty years ago, a group of Denver residents, mostly young people from diverse walks of life, started Historic Denver, Inc. and began saving the places Denver cannot be imagined without – from Molly Brown House to Union Station. To commemorate this anniversary and to revive that passion, historic Denver will host a new exhibit at the Molly Brown House Museum and launch the 50 Actions for 50 Locations campaign.
The museum exhibition, “Looking forward / looking back“Opens March 19 and runs through September 19. It will bring the early years of historic Denver to life and examine how volunteers began restoring the unsinkable Molly Brown home in 1889 as the organization’s first project. The visitors Learn about the meticulous restoration of every room in the house and the detective work that went into finding some of Brown’s furniture and artwork. Guests will also “meet” the founders of historic Denver who worked hard to make the museum a reality Museum Director Andrea Malcomb said, “We hope that everyone goes away, inspired by this grassroots effort to tell the full and diverse stories of those who shaped Denver as Margaret Brown did a hundred years ago . “
The 50 actions for 50 locations The campaign aims to honor the work of the organization’s founders by uncovering the next fifty places worth preserving. Annie Levinsky, Executive Director of Historic Denver, commented, “Molly Brown House was saved by ordinary people who looked around their community and took action. The museum’s success has now helped preserve hundreds of other historic locations in the city for five decades. With this in mind, we would like to invite our community to let us know which places in their neighborhood they would like to save for future generations. “
Starting March 1st, community members will be able to share the places Denver cannot imagine without using an online form and map at www.historicdenver.org. Maybe it’s a popular neon sign, school, church, or community center, the home of someone who made a difference in Denver, a one-of-a-kind block, open space, meaningful mural, or small business. Historic Denver will announce this in May 50 seats relevant to Denver history, representative of various Denver histories and not already recognized or protected. Historic Denver will then work with members of the community to develop 50 action Strategies such as awareness raising, storytelling, interpretation marking, technical assistance, and nominations for recognition or protection through local, state, and federal programs.
Details on both the exhibition and the 50-Actions campaign can be found at www.historicdenver.org. Looking Forward / Looking Back tickets are included with general museum admission and can be purchased in advance at www.mollybrown.org.
Historic Denver Today
What began with the Molly Brown House Museum in late 1970 has grown into a city-wide monument preservation movement. Through advocacy, restoration work, and partnerships, the organization has ensured a future for popular Denver venues and spaces, from the Paramount Theater to Union Station, from the Dr. Justina Ford House to 9th Street Historic Park, from the Baker District to the Lower Downtown Historic District. Today, fifty years after his work, historic Denver is involved in the community through the Molly Brown House Museum, connecting visitors and students on issues ranging from women’s suffrage to the right to vote, and supporting actions that honor our city’s cultural history. Current community efforts include sharing the history of the Chicano / a movement in Denver in La Alma Lincoln Park, nominating sites for local landmark status, helping shape the future of the Loretto Heights Campus and the National Western Center, and solutions for the conservation of endangered buildings, find and inventory major buildings and neighborhoods across the city through the Discover Denver project. Get involved at www.historicdenver.org.