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Organization name: Molly Brown
Division or office: Preservation and Access

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PG-51421-11Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsMolly Brown House MuseumPurchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment2/1/2011 - 7/31/2012$6,000.00Nicole Roush   Molly Brown House MuseumDenverCO80203-2417USA2010Gender StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of equipment for environmental monitoring in the Molly Brown House Museum, where a 10,000-item collection of art, artifacts, and archives is used to interpret the life of Molly Brown (1867-1932) and her interests in philanthropy, women's rights, and social reform. Twenty percent of the collection, which includes furniture, silver, glass, textiles, and fine art, was owned by Brown and her family. Other materials in the house are representative of the years of Brown's life.

This project focuses on the Molly Brown House Museum improving overall environmental monitoring in the museum.

PG-52402-15Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsMolly Brown House MuseumFashions Collection Rehousing Project1/1/2015 - 6/30/2016$2,096.00Nicole Roush   Molly Brown House MuseumDenverCO80203-2417USA2014Women's HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access2096020960

The purchase of supplies to rehouse clothing and accessories in the collections of the Molly Brown House Museum, which interprets the life of socialite and activist Molly Brown (1867-1932). The 2,800-item fashion collection includes Brown’s own clothing and accessories as well as infant wear, boy’s and girl’s wear, jewelry, hats, hair adornments, and other accessories. The collections are used in exhibitions and educational programming that examine the changing roles of women in the early 20th century and Brown’s interests in philanthropy, women's rights, and social reform.

The Molly Brown House Museum holds a fashions collection of 2,800 pieces. These items are from 1867-1932, the years of Mrs. Brown’s life. This collection is an important tool in achieving the Museum’s mission as it reflects the social, cultural and political trends of the time. The Museum is one of very few historic sites dedicated to the story of a woman, and in the Victorian era women’s fashions reflected the quickly evolving role of women as they sought suffrage and a greater role in the public sphere. Current efforts to provide a controlled environment and archival housing are not considered up to best standards due to space available. While best care has been taken under these constraints, comprehensive measures have not been implemented as they are outside of the Museum’s budget. By archivally re-housing this collection, the Museum will further the longevity of a collection important to the Museum’s humanities themes in order to safe guard it for future generations.