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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?

  • Real Stories of Social Change on WNPR

    Listen in June 20 at 9 AM & 7 PM as John Dankosky talks with 2014 Student Stowe Prize winners and community leaders.

  • Are We in a Post-Racial Era?

    A Key Issues Forum held June 24, 2014 in partnership with Hartford Courant, FOX CT and Conference of Churches. Click "Read More" to see a video of the event.

  • Saturdays & Sundays are Family Days at the Stowe Center

    Enjoy fun free activities for the whole family! Free admission for Hartford residents.

  • Susan Campbell Book Launch

    Celebration of "Tempest Tossed The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker" on April 16, 2014

  • 2014 "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Marathon Reading

    Photos from the event now on Facebook! Many thanks to nearly 100 volunteer readers and to Presenting Sponsor, The Hartford.

  • FREE Tours for Hartford Residents -- Every Day!

    New in 2014: Hartford residents tour the Stowe House for free -- every day of the week!

  • Stowe Prize Panel Discussion on WNPR

    June 6: WNPR broadcasts the provocative Stowe Prize panel discussion with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

  • 2013 Stowe Prize winner Michelle Alexander

    Powerful words on the impact of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" from the author of "The New Jim Crow"

  • This Week at the Stowe Center

    Open daily for tours. Closed Tuesdays January - March. Check here for program information.

  • Trifecta of Beecher and Stowe biographers on WNPR

    Catch the podcast of The Colin McEnroe Show from Wednesday March 20 to hear Debby Applegate, Joan Hedrick and Susan Campbell chatting with Colin about the Beechers.

  • Learn how Stowe encouraged President Lincoln to sign The Emancipation Proclamation

    Executive Director Katherine Kane's article appeared in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of "Connecticut Explored".

  • Stowe Center in the News

    Executive Director Katherine Kane lent expertise to a recent news story in Bethesda, MD. Click below to find out more and watch the video.

  • Visit both Stowe and Mark Twain in one tour!

    Experience the lives of Hartford's most famous writers - and next door neighbors.

  • The Child's Tour - every weekend!

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

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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Actors and atheletes urge action after Nigerian kidnappings through @USAID's #LetGirlsLearn movement

    Following the April kidnapping of several hundred Nigerian girls, and the subsequent kidnappings by Boko Haram in June, USAID launched the Let Girls Learn campaign "to provide the public with meaningf...
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  • Monday, July 7, 2014

    Disparity in #HobbyLobby coverage of men's and women's contraceptives

    Last week, the Huffington Post reported that the craft store chain Hobby Lobby - granted the right to drop health care coverage for women's contraceptives because of its owners' religion, in a Supreme...
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  • Friday, July 4, 2014

    "What to the Slave is the #4thofJuly?" - the meaning of #FrederickDouglass' words in 2014

    On July 2, 1852, at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, self-emancipated slave and notable orator Frederick Douglass delivered "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to ...
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