Latest News – July 20

Boom Days 2012: Let the Countdown Begin!

These are the folks who make it happen! The Boom Days Committee 2012

The Unsinkable Molly Brown to be Commemorated

Leadville’s premier annual event is just around the corner: Boom Days. Only two weeks away, this weekend festival celebrates Lake County’s heritage with mining demonstrations and contests, pack burro races and a host of supporting events and vendors. Mining is a way of life in Leadville; it always has been. And along the way some of Colorado’s most colorful characters spent their times in Leadville mining camps.

Leadville’s “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Photo: Denver Public Library

This year the committee is honoring one of Leadville’s most notable:  “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” According to the Boom Days website, Maggie Brown grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, and moved to Leadville, Colorado, at age 19 with her brother. She married James Joseph Brown, (J. J. Brown) who worked in the local silver mines. J. J. discovered an effective way to mine gold that made the Browns wealthy. While her husband advanced to superintendent in the mines, Molly Brown started soup kitchens in the mining community and became active in women’s rights. She continued her volunteer efforts throughout her life, however it was her trip across the Atlantic Ocean on a now infamous ship that made her famous.  

Molly Brown was traveling in Egypt in 1912 when she received word that her grandson was ill. She booked passage on a ship to return home – the Titanic. Her heroism in assisting other survivors and getting people to safety was recognized after her return, including with the French Legion of Honour in 1932.

Molly Brown studied acting and drama in Paris and New York and worked as a volunteer during World War I. J.J. Brown died in 1922. Margaret died in 1932 of a brain tumor in New York.

Students Learn Robotics at Camp

Lake County School District 21st Century Panther Camp for grades 4-8 just completed their 2ndsession which was all about robotics.  Students played robot games, learned about how robotics are used in the medical field, designed their own robots out of recycled materials, and built moving robots out of legos. 

Students enrolled in the 21st Century Panther Camp learn about robotics.

Camp sessions run Tuesdays-Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Transportation and lunch is provided.  Session 3 will be studying Leadville’s colorful history with museum and mine tours. Session 4 will be Art Week and Session 5 will be Our Wonderful World.  Spaces are still available.  Call Susan Fishman at 719-293-0115.

The 21st Century Program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

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