Titanic, Branson MO. Hosts Molly Brown Collection
Posted on January 9th, 2012
The Titanic in Branson will soon be featuring a new exhibit from the “Unsinkable Molly Brown’s” collection. Her actual name was Margaret “Maggie” Tobin Brown and she was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867.
On Thursday, March 22, 2012 Helen Benziger, Brown’s great granddaughter, will be dedicating the gallery. Helen Benziger was 13 before she was made aware that the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” was really her great-grandmother. After this discovery was made, it has been her desire to keep Margaret Brown’s legacy alive.
The “Molly Brown Artifact Collection” includes items such as furniture, crystal glassware, artwork, photographs, and Titanic memorabilia. Titanic guests will also be able to view costumes worn by Debbie Reynolds in the movie “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” In addition guests will see many other beautiful pieces from the mansion Maggie lived in with her husband J.J. Brown, a Denver millionaire.
A couple of interesting notes regarding Margaret Brown are as follows. Margaret and James Joseph Brown (JJ) had met and married in Leadville, Colorado. It was only after they were married that JJ was awarded a large share of stock to a mining company due to his engineering efforts for the company. Also, it was the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” who encouraged the crew of Lifeboat No. 6 to go back and search for any remaining survivors from the RMS Titanic.
The Titanic is open year round in Branson Missouri. The museum will be closed January 16th – 19th to install this new exhibit. We are looking forward to the addition of Margaret Tobin Brown’s collection.