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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?

  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" published 163 years ago!

    Stowe's most famous work, published in book form on March 20, 1852, became a runaway best seller, catapulting the author to rock star status. Read about Stowe's reception in Britain.

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner's latest work

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

  • Speak Up For Arts & Culture

    State Funding for Stowe & Twain Houses Threatened

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates Named 2015 Stowe Prize Winner

    Award to be presented at 5th Annual Big Tent Jubilee, June 4, 2015

  • 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.

  • Stowe & Twain Share Honors

    CTM Media Group awards "Best Destination Brochure" to our Stowe-Twain print piece

  • 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.

  • Visit both Stowe and Mark Twain in one tour!

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

  • 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.

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  • Monday, March 23, 2015

    #SalonsatStowe: Meet the Featured Guests!

    Join us this Thursday for our March Salon: "Women's Rights = Human Rights?" The program will focus on the ways "women's issues" can be championed by individuals of all genders. Leading the program wil...
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  • Friday, March 20, 2015

    163rd Anniversary of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's famed anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin was first published. The novel, detailing the stories of enslaved characters Tom, Eliza, and George, transcended t...
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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    St. Patrick's Day, Stowe, and Food Justice

    Though celebrated around the world, Americans, whether Irish or not, love St. Patrick's day more than most. But despite the popularity of St. Patrick's day, Irish history, including the story of why m...
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