The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will receive $150,000 from the Museums for America program at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to preserve the Stowe Center’s collections. IMLS recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is receiving one of the 244 awards through the agency’s grant programs.
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will recognize the 2013 museum winners at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 18 to highlight the 2013 museum winners. The event will showcase the many ways museums such as the Stowe Center support learning experiences, serve as community anchors, and are stewards of cultural heritage through the preservation of their collections.
“The Stowe Center is delighted to receive this public support for a project preserving Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford home for our diverse international audiences. This grant is a significant investment in Center’s historic collections, which tell a national story important for all of us,” said Katherine Kane, Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”
The Stowe Center grant will support acquisition of climate control and fire suppression systems for the Stowe House as well as architect/engineer and conservator fees. The work is part of phase two of a multi-year Collections Preservation project to renovate and restore Stowe's home, recently named a National Historic Landmark. Upgrades will include state of the art climate control and fire suppression, interior renovations and collections conservation.
Recognized as a distinctive cultural institution and international tourist destination, the Stowe House is the Hartford, CT home where abolitionist and novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe lived for 23 years. Collections in the house are nationally significant, illustrating Stowe’s life and impact, multi-talented nature, and the worldwide response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the 19th century’s bestseller which galvanized abolition before the Civil War.
The Collections Preservation project will allow continued public access to nationally significant collections, telling Stowe’s story in her own 19th century home, encouraging community engagement and inspiring discussions of contemporary issues.
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