As more and more historic properties were demolished in the 1960s, a group of preservation-minded Denver citizens joined efforts in 1970 to rescue the home of Titanic survivor Margaret Tobin Brown. The group incorporated as Historic Denver, Inc. and began major restoration efforts in order to return the home’s interior and exterior to its early 20th century grandeur. Guided tours of the Museum reach an average of 45,000 visitors a year, sharing the story of Margaret “Molly” Brown and Denver history. Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum is committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity by telling the story of Margaret “Molly” Brown’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits and stewardship. By exploring the dynamic between past and present, they shape a stronger community for the future and inspire engaged citizens.
Since opening the Museum, Historic Denver has worked to save countless other Denver landmarks and increase public awareness of Denver’s unique historic structures. Historic Denver has a more broadly based mission and over the years has worked to provide direct preservation services to historic properties, offer technical assistance, advocate for threatened resources and serve as a voice for the preservation community. Historic Denver operates a Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program, the Urban Living Program, and a new history experience for visitors, the Denver Story Trek. Historic Denver also works as an advocate in the community, supporting neighborhoods interested in preserving the character of their built environment and promoting the value of historic preservation as a key element of economic growth and community revitalization. More