Thanks to the Connecticut Historical Society, 1853 British antislavery petition with 500,000+ signatures presented to Harriet Beecher Stowe finds a permanent home at the Stowe Center.
On exhibit at the Stowe Center is one of 26 volumes of the Stafford House Address. These 26 volumes have 562,800 signatures from British women, urging the women of the U.S. to work for abolition. Presented to Stowe in London in 1853, the volumes were exhibited in her Hartford home. Stowe's son Charles gave them to the Connecticut Historical Society before the Stowe Center was established. They have been on long term loan since 1970.
In recognition of Stowe's 2011 bicentennial, the board of the Connecticut Historical Society is deeding these volumes to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Collections.
Tuesday, June 14 at 10AM in the Katharine Day House at the Stowe Center, Connecticut Historical Society Board Chair, Charles A. Teale, will sign the Deed of Gift presenting the volumes to the Stowe Center. Please join both organizations in marking this extraordinary gift.