Special Events


Community Day Celebrating Harriet Beecher Stowe's Birthday

June 12, 2021


An Ida B. Wells Production, FREE House Tours, Art making activity, and ice cream, MUSEUM SALE – FREE EVENT OPEN TO ALL with RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.


Join the Stowe Center as we celebrate Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Birthday with a range of exciting new programs and touring offerings all designed to celebrate Harriet’s legacy and inspire our audiences to engage in the complicated issues of today.


FREE HOUSE TOURS!  REGISTER HERE to reserve tickets. Select your desired time for June 12, Select the “Hartford Resident” option and you are all set.




Visitors of all ages are encouraged to make online reservations for 45 min. tours available every 30 minutes, as well as an immersive theater performance available during the birthday celebration. New Haven artist/performer Karima A. Robinson will perform scenes from her newly developed one-woman play about the life of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells entitled, Colored People’s Day: Ida B. Wells at the Chicago World’s Fair. This theatrical promenade style experience will be presented outside on the grounds of the Stowe Center at 2-3:30pm. Registration here.


Wells reported on racial injustices of her time working in a shared tradition of Stowe who used words to help change the world. Actor Dr. Robinson brings Well’s activism and story to life with the intention of showing how history can inspire us to continue to work for racial and social injustice today. There will also be activity tables to make yourself a birthday present in honor of Harriet, and a food truck will be onsite encouraging visitors to bring their own chairs and blankets and settle under the trees of near the gardens to share a meal outside with friends and family.


Be sure to grab a sweet treat in between activities from Capital Ice Cream in between fun activities. Single serve dishes of select flavors will be $1. Ice cream servers will be there at 1:30 pm.



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Colored People’s Day: Ida B. Wells at the Chicago World’s Fair: Investigative journalist and anti-lynching advocate, Ida B. Wells participated in the 1893 Columbia Exposition and Chicago World’s Fair. Among the elaborate displays of American culture and innovation, Wells fights for the inclusion of African Americans. She and her mentor, Frederick Douglass, write a pamphlet to expose the post-reconstruction conditions of African Americans and the shameful epidemic of lynching. Among the fan-fair of American exceptionalism, Wells focuses the world’s attention on her cause.



Location The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center/77 Forest St./Hartford, CT 06105
Doors Open 9:00 AM
Program 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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