Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Community Day
  • Saturday, April 20th 
  • Event begins from 12:00 – 5:00 pm | Open mic begins from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Children’s reading circle and our new specialty family tour: Inheriting Freedom
  • Outdoor activities, giveaways, information tables, literary workshops, and ending with an Open Mic

(HARTFORD, CT) – The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is pleased to announce our community event: Garden of Literacy! Held on Saturday, April 20th, this program will have outdoor activities, literary workshops, a children’s reading circle and our new specialty tour Inheriting Freedom, and ending with an Open Mic.

“This is a day to celebrate spring, community, and Earth Day. We invite our neighbors and friends to join us on our grounds for a fun-filled day of activities, programs, and giveaways. Our hope for this day is to bring people together and appreciate nature,” said Cat White, Director of Collections and Public Programs.

We will offer games, giveaways, and information tables.  There will be two paid literary workshops: Nurture & Nurture: How Nature Nurtures Our Creativity & Inspires Poetry hosted by Versatile Poetiq ($35) and Making the Impossible Possible: The Art of Social Justice Speculative Fiction hosted by Brenna Harvey ($35).  

This event will be the first installation of our new spring/summer program The Children’s Literacy Corner, which will be hosted at Stowe the third Saturday of every month. The Children’s Literacy Corner will include a reading circle, library card signups and our new specialty tour Inheriting Freedom, an intergenerational tour experience that focuses on freedom, family, and education.

Karen Fisk, Executive Director, remarked: “The Stowe Center strives to make our space accessible, welcome, and supportive to all.  The work we are doing, from the grounds to the buildings, is focused on how to best serve our neighborhood.  Our special community days represent that as well as our goal of bringing community together.”

Erika Slocumb, Director of Interpretation and Visitor Experience, “the new intergenerational tour Inheriting Freedom, is a collaboration between myself and Brenna Harvey. It is a tour that is specifically tailored for children to grasp difficult historical topics and to engage in conversations about our collective past, our present, and our collective future. We have the opportunity to see how so many used the word, written and spoken to build freedom, not only for themselves but for the generations that followed.”

The events of the day will continue, rain or shine

Media Partners may reach out to Christina Tom, Communications Manager, to schedule a tour or a photo opportunity at our event; email address CTom@StoweCenter.org.


The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a museum, research library, and program center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Stowe Center’s mission is to encourage social justice and literary activism by exploring the legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. For general information and updates, visit www.HarrietBeecherStoweCenter.org.