An Evening with Muffet Brown

13 Apr

Muffet Brown

In Denver, Colorado, we are fortunate to have access to many fantastic resources of Western history in general, and specialized repositories and museums such as the Molly Brown House Museum. The staff at the Molly Brown House has done their usual magical planning by hosting Muffet Brown for the 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic Steamship’s Maiden Voyage and ultimate demise in 1912. Last evening, Margaret Brown’s great granddaughter spoke and answered questions to a roomful of history buffs at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. I was able to visit with her briefly, and gave her a copy of my book, Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story.

An Unsinkable Gift

An Unsinkable Gift

Muffet Brown’s presentation was enlightening and entertaining. She is thoroughly charming, intelligent, and a real person. Margaret Brown, her great-grandmother, must be smiling and appreciative of the job Muffet is doing to preserve the family legacy and to share its fascinating part in history in an open and unobtrusive manner. Her opinions and observations are fair and provocative. It was truly a pleasure to hear her speak. While in Denver, she is also visiting school classrooms, and a gala Titanic dinner celebration, which will bring out many historians dressed in period costume.

It occurs to me that descendants of historic figures carry a responsibility to maintain and preserve the stories and artifacts of a time past, to solidify their place in history, share their stories with those who wish to learn more, and to clarify the truth from past events whenever possible. I found this to be true when writing about Eliza Routt, Colorado’s Original First Lady, the first woman to vote in Colorado, and my cousin from my Illinois homeland. Accepting her induction in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was an honor I will not soon forget.

Joyce B. Lohse


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4 responses to “An Evening with Muffet Brown

  1. Sheryl

    April 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Great post! I think that all descendents–not just those of historic figures–have a responsbility to preserve stories and artifacts from their ancestors.

    • joyce4books

      April 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I agree. There are many ways to accomplish ways to preserve history and ancestral stories. I hope to continue this thread on this blog, and share different methods and outlooks for this important task.

  2. Gwyn Ramsey

    April 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    What a wonderful event. And, congratulations on the showing of your fabulous book. Molly Brown was always my favorite.

  3. joyce4books

    April 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you, Gwyn. Glad to see your comments out and about! I’m so fortunate that Mrs. Brown provided such a wonderful story and was such a fabulous part of Colorado history!


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