-Free admission to patrons named Molly (Margaret) Brown; discount tickets for family-
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 22, 2012) – Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opened earlier this month at The Mahaffey after weeks of anticipation. The story of Titanic still resonates with many, and even after 100 years the world is still fascinated by the stories and lives of those aboard the ill-fated Ship. One of the most well-known stories is that of Margaret “Molly” Brown. To honor the 80th anniversary of the heroine’s death, the Mahaffey Theater will celebrate ‘Unsinkable’ Molly Brown Day this Friday, October 26.
Tampa Bay residents named Margaret or Molly Brown gain free admission to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition; $10 ticket (inclusive) for any members of the Brown family (i.e. last name of Brown), valid only at the Mahaffey Box Office.
Affectionately known as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” since her death in 1932, Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown was born to Irish immigrants. Although she was married to one of the wealthiest miners in the United States, Margaret Brown never forgot herroots. Mrs. Brown worked tirelessly for her two greatest causes: literacy and women’s rights. Margaret and her daughter, Helen, had been traveling throughout Europe and had met the John Jacob Astor party in Egypt. When Margaret received word that her first grandchild was ill, she decided to leave for New York and immediately booked passage on the first available ship: Titanic.
On board Titanic, Margaret Brown continued to express her love for humanity by helping load lifeboats before she was persuaded into Lifeboat 6. She encouraged the other women in her boat not to give up hope, work together, and continue rowing until help was sighted. Once aboard the rescue ship Carpathia, Brown immediately began work to help other survivors of the wreck. By the time the ship docked in New York, she had established the Survivor’s Committee, been elected chairperson, and had raised almost $10,000 for the impoverished survivors.
What: Molly Brown Day (free admission for those named Margaret or Molly Brown)
When: Friday, October 26, 2012; 10am-6pm
Where: Mahaffey Theater, 400 First Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33701, 2nd Floor atrium
Why: In honor of the 80th anniversary of Titanic heroine Margaret Brown’s death