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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial


Living History featuring "Molly Brown"

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  • All Ages
When August 20, 2014
from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Where Vail Public Library's Community Room
Contact Name Vail Public Library
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Contact Phone 970-479-2187
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The Town of Vail Public Library will host a living history presentation featuring “Molly Brown” portrayed by Mary Jane Bradbury.


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.


Margaret Brown, born in Hannibal, Missouri, to Irish immigrant parents, was no stranger to the hardships American faced as it worked its way from the effects of the Civil War to the Progressive Era, which flourished from 1890-1920. Her frame 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.

Mary Jane Bradbury as Molly Brown