March is Women’s History Month, so this is the time to get out and take a minute to see all of the amazing contributions made by women in Colorado. From arts and entertainment to American history and world events, there are many important women who have connections to Colorado and Denver. Here are some of the top ways to celebrate Women’s History Month in Denver.
Molly Brown may best be known for surviving the Titanic disaster, but she was also a philanthropist and Denver’s first historic preservationist. Funded by money from her husband, who had struck gold in Colorado in the 1890s, Molly moved to Denver in 1894. She helped to found the Denver Dumb Friends League and saved poet Eugene Field’s home from demolition. Her story of survival on the Titanic led her to national fame and she worked against J.D. Rockefeller over the rights of coal miners. Today, the Molly Brown house sits as a museum and historic house that tells the full story of Molly and serves more than 43,000 people every year. The museum offers guided tours and a variety of programs, perfect for all ages.
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Main Office Hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat -9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Girl Scouts are certainly more than just cookies. Founded by Juliet “Daisy” Gordon Low in 1912 and started with a group of just 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, today the Girl Scouts connect girls everywhere for more than 50 million girls and women. The Girl Scouts have a tremendous amount planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of their organization, and this is the perfect chance to get your girls involved.
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The Clothesline Project was started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 to illustrate and address the issue of violence against women. The idea asks survivors to decorate a t-shirt in her own way as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. The decorated t-shirts are hung on a clothesline so that survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of the pain of the experience. It also helps those who are suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone. The Clothesline Project is offering t-shirts and paint free of charge, and are encouraging people to come by and decorate one for themselves, a friend or anyone who wants to speak out against violence.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Just a short drive out of Denver, nestled outside Rocky Mountain National Park, lies Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel. This is the location for the Estes Park Woman’s Club Women’s History Month Luncheon, and it takes place in the elegant Stanley Hotel Music Room. The event honors the early days of Estes Park when F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, were very active in their community, regularly hosting Women’s Club dances and social events. Following the luncheon will be the “Legendary Ladies’ Making History Come Alive” performance group with a series of vignettes featuring women in Estes Park and Colorado history.
Women of the West Story Trek
Story Trek is a great way to get out and learn all about the history of Denver in an easy format that fits your schedule. Visit the Story Trek website to view all of the different treks that are offered. Then head to one of the selected locations, call the local phone number or download the audio files and listen to the story behind each site. The Women of the West Trek offers stories that will take you to Four Mile Historic Park, The Byers-Evans House Museum, The Molly Brown House, Crawford Hill Mansion, Governor’s Residence and the Stoiberhof Mansion. All stories feature tales of pioneering women, such as Anne Evans and Justina Ford, who helped shape the face of the Mile High City.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.