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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?

  • Closed Monday, February 8 Due to Snow

    Please visit us next on Wednesday when we open at 9:30 AM.

  • 2016 Marathon Reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

    Volunteer to read aloud a 10-minute passage from Harriet Beecher Stowe's bestselling anti-slavery novel. We're reading it aloud cover to cover over 24 hours March 19-20.

  • Steve Kornacki in Conversation with Colin McEnroe

    "State of the (Political) Union"
    ICYMI: See the broadcast on CT-N

  • 2015 Year in Review

    Hot off the presses! We're proud of the impact we're making -- take a look!

  • Breaking News! Ta-Nehisi Coates wins National Book Award

    2015 Stowe Prize winner awarded the National Book Award for "Between the World and Me."

  • Bank of America announces Art Conservation Grants

    Four Stowe Center paintings to be conserved - Two by Stowe herself and two acquired by her.

  • "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.

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner's latest work

    Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' March 2015. A thoughtful and direct commentary on the Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department.

  • 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,

  • The Family Tour - every weekend!

    Lots to see and do for a family weekend ! The Family Tour, craft activities and more.

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  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    #StoweSyllabus: What We're Reading this Week

    Articles and current events that got us thinking over the week! Connecticut’s second-chance society The New York Times Editorial Board, January 4, 2016, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com...
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  • Monday, January 4, 2016

    Celebrate #MLK Jr. Day at the Stowe Center

    On January 18th, the Stowe Center will open for free tours in honor of MLK Jr. Day. Come by and learn about Harriet Beecher Stowe, MLK Jr., and the ways in which their work connects today. Participate...
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  • Sunday, January 3, 2016

    Understanding Identity in #2016

    New York Times Critic at Large, Wesley Morris, labels 2015 as the "year we obsessed over identity." Morris writes: [We are] in the midst of a great cultural identity migration. Gender roles are mer...
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