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Welcome to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center uses Stowe’s life and work to inspire YOU to change your world.

Stowe wrote the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, in 1852. The world was never the same. Abolition became possible. Emancipation became law. But today, in the 21st century, inequity is everywhere. What would Stowe do? What will YOU do?

  • Capital Community College to Offer Stowe-Twain Literature Course

    Starting Fall 2015

  • #StoweSalonsAtLunch launches!

    Stowe staff are talking about Charleston.Why don't you join us to consider issues being raised in media and elsewhere.

  • Hartford Residents! Want to join the Stowe team?

    We are looking for someone who loves Hartford and the Stowe Center and wants to connect city residents with the Stowe Center programs and events. Available immediately!

  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" - read it in installments!

    On June 5, 1851, Stowe's anti-slavery novel began to appear in the abolitionist newspaper, "The National Era." Read the latest here!

  • ICYMI: 2015 Stowe Prize Conversation on Race

    2015 Stowe Prize winner Ta-Nehisi Coates and WNPR's John Dankosky in an inspiring program. Kudos to CT-N for filming on their busiest day and to The Hartford for their leadership as the Legacy Presenting Sponsor of all Stowe Prize events. Watch here.

  • The Stowe Center is a Blue Star Museum

    Free Admission for Military Families Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner's latest work

    Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' latest piece. A thoughtful and direct commentary on the Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department.

  • 2014 Stowe Center Year in Review

    And what a year it has been! Check out what we have been up to.

  • Stowe Center Kudos

    Hartford Courant cites Stowe Center as a model for programs encouraging civic engagement on contemporary social justice issues that connect to the work of author and activist Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • Stowe Center Honored With IMLS Award

    $150,000 Museums for America grant to plan and design a new, audience-driven experience in the Stowe House.

  • State of Connecticut invests in the Stowe Center

    Breaking News: $650,000 grant approved July 25, 2014 at State Bond Commission hearing,

  • FREE Tours for Hartford Residents!

    Hartford residents tour the Stowe House for free -- every day of the week! Extended through December 31, 2015 Thanks to the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Job Grants Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor.

  • The Family Tour - every weekend!

    Lots to see and do for a family weekend ! The Family Tour, Craft activities, Uncle Tom's Cabin exhibit, and more.

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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Talking about Charleston? Come to the first #StoweSalonsatLunch

    This Wednesday, July 1st, the Stowe Center will present the first Stowe Salon at Lunch, a brown bag lunch discussion on the pressing issues of the week. For the first program, the topic of conversatio...
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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    The #ConfederateFlag and the Power of Symbols

    As a museum, the Stowe Center is continuously engaged in the process of interpreting historical objects and symbols. These objects and symbols are more than material entities; they tell stories about ...
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  • Friday, June 19, 2015

    Reflecting on the Past and Present 150 Years After #Juneteenth

    June 19, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of “Emancipation Day,” the symbolic ending of slavery in the United States, in which the last of enslaved persons were freed. Since 1865, the day has been...
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