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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?

  • Breaking News! Ta-Nehisi Coates named a MacArthur Fellow

    2015 Stowe Prize winner receives a genius grant

  • October - Spirits at Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour

    Tour the Stowe House in the dark Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
    PLUS, Spirit Friends: Spiritualism & Suffrage with author Susan Campbell
    October 16 at 6:30 PM
    Reservations required for tours and program.

  • Stowe Prize winners named to POLITICO 50 list!

    Michelle Alexander (2013) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015) named to POLITIC'S 50 - List of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American Politics.

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Coates' new book, "Between the World and Me" is garnering lots of attention. Hear what he is saying about this work and what the media is saying.

  • 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.

  • "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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

Salons at Stowe
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  • Thursday, September 10, 2015

    #SalonsatStowe: Unpacking White Privilege

    Join us for the first Salon of the Fall! Tonight's topic is "Unpacking White Privilege" with Professor David Canton from Connecticut College and Andrea Kandel from the National Conference for Communit...
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  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    #SalonsatStowe: Meet the Featured Guests

    The first Salon at Stowe for Fall 2015, "Unpacking White Privilege" will be held September 10th at the Stowe Visitor Center. Leading the conversation will be featured guests Dr. David Canton and Andre...
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  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    #StoweSalonatLunch: School Integration and Segregation

    For the final Stowe Salon at Lunch for the summer, participants gathered for a discussion on school integration and segregation. As the topic of school integration and segregation is broad and one tha...
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