Support for Facilities Improvements and ADA Compliance
At Site of the National Historic Landmark
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Hartford, CT, July 31, 2018 – The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will receive a $750,000 grant-in-aid from the State of Connecticut to support continuing improvements for facilities and grounds at the site of the National Historic Landmark Harriet Beecher Stowe House. On Wednesday, July 25ththe State Bond Commission approved the request, placed on its agenda by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
State funding will support facilities upgrades including an ADA-compliant Visitor Center entrance and restroom. Planned improvements will build on the $3 million Stowe House Preservation Project for climate systems upgrades, fire suppression installation, and interior renovation completed in 2017.
“We thank Governor Malloy and members of the State Bond Commission for supporting Stowe Center site improvements and accessibility,” said Briann Greenfield, Stowe Center Executive Director. “We appreciate that the Governor and his administration recognize the value of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s story to educate and inspire visitors from Connecticut, the nation, and around the globe.”
Founded in 1941 and opened to the public in 1968, the Stowe Center comprises a 2.5 acre site with three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: the National Historic Landmark Harriet Beecher Stowe House (1871), home to the writer and her family from 1873 until her death in 1896; the Katharine Seymour Day House (1884), with the Library Archives, program space and administrative offices; and the Day House Carriage House (1873), which serves as a Visitor Center with museum store, admissions, exhibit and program space.
Recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as “critical to American history and culture”, the Stowe Center attracts local, regional, national and international visitors and consistently ranks in surveys as a top draw for tourists to Greater Hartford.
“The Stowe House is one of our state’s cultural treasures,” said Governor Malloy. “I’m pleased the Stowe Center will be able to leverage the state’s investment to educate and inspire visitors for generations to come.”
The historic home of writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the influential and best-selling novel of the 19thcentury, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, opened in 1968. The attraction was one of the earliest Victorian house museums in the country and one of the earliest focused on women’s history and African-American history.
The Stowe House is a valuable resource for educators, hosting thousands of school children from Connecticut and the region throughout the year. The Center is one of 800 museums nationwide accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
The Stowe Center, at 77 Forest Street in Hartford, is a distinctive cultural institution and international tourist destination in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. The Center is open year round for a variety of tour experiences and programs linking history to contemporary issues.The Center preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change.