Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105
We preserve and interpret Stowe’s Hartford home and the center’s historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change.
Stowe Prize 2021, honoring Dr. Eddie Glaude, for his book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.
The Stowe Center is open three days a week. Tour sizes are six guests per group. We are still keeping safety measures are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online reservations are suggested. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our team, our visitors and our community.
The Stowe Center has extensive and exciting public programming scheduled for 2021, click here to join our E-blast and learn about new offerings and events.
Isabella Holmes Beecher Hooker (1822-1907)
An ardent member of the woman’s suffrage movement, Isabella Holmes Beecher Hooker joined in the cause along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Isabella was the first child of Lyman Beecher and his second wife, Harriet Porter Beecher.
Isabella began her education at Catharine Beecher’s Hartford Female Seminary and lived with her sister Mary Perkins. In 1841 she married John Hooker, a descendant of Thomas Hooker, the founder of Hartford. John Hooker was a lawyer and an abolitionist.
In the early 1860s Isabella got involved in the woman’s suffrage movement. Isabella joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as a member of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869. She was a founding member of the Connecticut Woman’s Suffrage Association. Isabella’s ideas of equality were influenced by John Stuart Mills’ On Liberty and the Subjection of Women.
In 1871, Isabella organized the annual convention of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association in Washington D.C. and presented her argument before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate. Her husband, John Hooker, believed in his wife and supported her activities. He helped Isabella draft a bill to the Connecticut Legislature giving married women the same property rights as their husbands. The bill passed in 1877. Isabella annually submitted a bill granting women the right to vote, but it did not pass in her lifetime.
Due to inclement weather, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is closed today, Monday, December 2.