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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?

  • 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 Saturday Tours for Hartford Residents

    New in 2014: Hartford residents tour the Stowe House for free on Saturdays!

  • "12 Years A Slave" Dedicated to Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Solomon Northrup, author of "12 Years A Slave," dedicated his freedom narrative to Harriet Beecher Stowe. See an 1854 edition of his memoir and an 1853 first edition of "A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" in the Stowe Visitor Center.

  • Do you love history and want to inspire social justice?

    Check out the internship openings at the Stowe Center.

  • Stowe Center receives $150,000 federal grant

    Institute for Museum and LIbrary Sciences supports the Stowe House Collections Preservation Project

  • 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.

  • Stowe House Now a National Historic Landmark

    Announced by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Director of the National Park Service

  • 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.

  • Stowe Center Wins Award

    The Stowe Center has been honored with a 2012 Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History.

  • 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, April 15, 2014

    "Stop Telling Women To Smile" workshop on street harassment TOMORROW at Charter Oak Cultural Center

    Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Stop Telling Women To Smile Gallery Talk/Workshop: Wednesday, April 16, noon, Free Tatyana Fazlalizadeh explains her show Stop Telling Women to Smile and helps workshop attendee...
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  • Monday, April 14, 2014

    "The Trouble with Trafficking" panel at Yale University on April 15, 2014

    For our followers who are #antislavery activists, don't miss this program tomorrow evening at the Whitney Humanities Center (Yale University)! ...
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  • Friday, April 11, 2014

    GLSEN Safe Schools Summit TOMORROW at CCSU

    The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will be hosting the 3rd annual Safe Schools Summit, a free conference, tomorrow, April 12 from 9am-3pm at CCSU. The event will "empower youth, ed...
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