CANCELLED Avenir Lecture Series: We Will Not Be Denied – April 23

Three mannequins wearing historic clothing related to Women's Suffrage MovementThis Event has been cancelled.

As an investment in the health of our CSU community and our larger responsibility to the health of our many visitors, the Avenir Museum is closed to the public until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To stay abreast of museum closure information, please visit our website:

Up-to-date information regarding CSU preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at:

Thank you for understanding, and be well.


The Spring 2020 evening lecture series will highlight the wide-range of the Avenir Museum’s current exhibition: “R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Dress: Clothing and Activism in U.S. Women’s History,” in honor of the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Everyone is welcome to attend this intriguing array of textile topics throughout the semester. The museum is located at 216 E. Lake Street, and lectures will be held in room number 157. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to view the galleries in the museum, which remain open for extra hours between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on lecture evenings.

We Will Not Be Denied

Molly Brown in suffrage colors and a banner reading "we demand an amendment to the United States Constitution Womens March"On Thursday, April 23, join us for a fascinating guest presentation by staff from The Molly Brown House Museum, We Will Not Be Denied, on the local Colorado suffrage movement and Margaret’s involvement in the national movement at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the evolution of women’s apparel 1900-1920. How a woman of 1920 dressed was very different from how a woman of 1900 dressed, and hemlines weren’t the only things that were contentious. Not only were women fighting about whether bustles were in or out, but they were also fighting for the right to vote. Suffragists used clothing strategically to make statements about their radical message, and prominent Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret “Molly” Brown (1867-1932) was one of them. Free and open to the public.

The Avenir Museum is part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.