Salons at Stowe


Salon at Stowe: Ask the Curator

Presentation and Q & A with Katie Heidsiek, Curator of Connecticut’s Bookshelf

November 29, 2023


Katie Heidsiek, curator of the exhibit Connecticut’s Bookshelf on view at the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History, will discuss aspects of the exhibit followed by an audience Q &A and/or conversation with Cat White of the Stowe Center. The exhibit explores the many authors and literary forms to come out of Connecticut, including not only Harriet, but her sisters Catharine and Isabella as well. Heidsiek will discuss the development of the exhibit, the literary history of Connecticut that’s represented in the exhibit, and the process of putting this exhibit together.


Our program will be a lunchtime salon on Wednesday, November 29th, when Katie Heidsiek will discuss her recently curated exhibit, Connecticut’s Bookshelf. This exhibit explores Connecticut’s extensive literary history, which includes classic authors such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, comic book greats, children’s authors, and more. This inventive and delightful exhibit features portals to literary sites throughout the state, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The Stowe Center loaned items for the exhibit that represent the Beecher family and their work specifically, as well as the 19th century domestic settings generally. The exhibit features the work not only of Harriet, but highlights the literary output of her sisters Catharine Beecher and Isabella Beecher Hooker. Catharine authored pioneering works on education and Isabella’s writing focused on women’s rights and the growing suffrage movement.


Heidsiek will discuss how this exhibit came about-what motivated the creation of the exhibit and how she and her team decided which authors to include; the literary history of Connecticut; and the process of bringing the exhibit together which required to coordination of various literary sites throughout the state.

Her virtual discussion will be followed by an audience Q & A with Cat White of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.


Connecticut Museum of Culture and History, Connecticut’s Bookshelf Exhibit



Confirmation email will contain Zoom link

Location Zoom
Doors Open Virtual
Program 12:00 - 1:00 pm