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‘Votes for Women’ sign stolen from Molly Brown House Museum has been returned

The sign is a symbol that honored Margaret Brown's work during the women's suffrage movement.

DENVER — Editor's note: This story has been updated with the return of the sign.

Stephanie McGuire still doesn’t know how someone managed to rip the "Votes for Women" sign right off its post at the Molly Brown House Museum, but she's thankful for its return.

"Fantastic news!" McGuire told 9NEWS after the sign was found behind a building at a local business. Staff there found the sign and returned it to the museum on Tuesday.

The sign was placed along the sidewalk outside the museum in Denver, where McGuire is curator. On Nov. 5, she learned that someone had ripped it from its post the night before.

"It does sort of now feel like part of the house is missing because we no longer have this symbol,” McGuire said at the time.

McGuire said the sign was a symbol that honored Margaret Brown's work during the women's suffrage movement. 

"Everyone knows that she survived the Titanic, but I don't think it's that clear to people that she was involved in this women's suffrage movement," she said. 

Before women could even vote, Brown ran for United States Senate in 1914. She eventually withdrew from the race, but her actions had a huge impact on women today. 

"Women today can vote because of women like Margaret and because of the women -- all of the women she was working with,” McGuire said. 

The "Votes for Women" sign at the museum was part of that bigger picture. McGuire said it was a marker on the National Votes for Women Trail, putting the Molly Brown House on the map. 

“Having the sign connected her with this whole national movement,” McGuire said.

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