VAIL — The town of Vail Public Library will host a living history presentation featuring “Molly Brown” portrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The library is located at 292 West Meadow Drive in Vail.
Margaret “Molly” Brown (1867-1932), best remembered for surviving the sinking of the Titanic on April 14, 1912, spent the better part of her life in Colorado, contributing her time and money to the people and causes that the state and country struggled with during the turn of the 20th century.
Brown, born in Hannibal, Missouri, to Irish immigrant parents, was no stranger to the hardships America faced as it worked its way from the effects of the Civil War to the Progressive Era, which flourished from 1890-1920. Her fame was greatly increased due to her humanitarianism onboard the Titianic and the Carpathia, giving her a platform to speak on and fight for education, children’s rights, women’s rights and worker’s rights, along with various other women’s organizations and labor groups.
Bradbury has 25 years experience as a speaker, educator and actress. She is a Chautauqua speaker for Colorado Humanities and Humanities Montana, and an artist and educator with Think360 Arts in Education (formerly Young Audiences of Colorado). Her business, A View of the Past, offers a variety of historic character portrayals as well as workshops and residencies designed to teach participants of all ages the techniques and value of bringing history alive through storytelling.
Bradbury is an interpretive enactor for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She worked with temporary exhibits, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” and “A Day in Pompeii,” for which she created costumes in addition to character interpretation. She helped develop the museum’s current enactment program, interpreting historic aspects of natural history and modern science for permanent exhibits and educational programs.
In addition, Bradbury served five years as volunteer coordinator for Four Mile Historic Park, Denver’s oldest house museum, and developed interpretive programs and events celebrating Colorado’s pioneer history.
This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 970-479-2187.