School and Youth Programs

Discover Harriet Beecher Stowe…

…internationally known icon of American literature, culture and social activism. Stowe’s bestselling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin changed American’s views on slavery and contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Help your students connect history to their own lives and today’s headlines. Tour Stowe’s Hartford home, a National Historic Landmark, and participate in extended learning programs where ideas turn into action.

All school programs support Common Core Learning Standards and the Connecticut Social Studies Framework.

Guided tours and programs are open to K-12 students. Programs can be adapted for college level students. Available year round by advance reservation.


Student Group Guided House Tour: $9 per student

Student Group Guided House Tour + Program: $10 per student

Discounts available for adult teachers/chaperones. See School Group Guidelines below.

Can’t make it to Hartford? Bring the Stowe Center to your classroom! A museum educator will engage your class in an open-ended conversation about Stowe’s life and work using primary source documents, photographs and a writing activity.
Contact us or 860.522.9258 x308.

Program Options

Inspiration to Action (Grades K – 5) Learn Stowe’s story, how she came to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the power each of us has to make a difference. Stowe’s life and impact as a writer and activist will inspire your class to be engaged citizens. Students explore ways they can make a positive change in their school or community and complete a hands-on activity. (Also available as a multi-week after school program.)

Her Words Changed the World (Grades 6 – 12) Stowe’s life and impact as a writer and activist will spark class discussion on ways to take action. Using Harriet Beecher Stowe and 19th century activism as an example, students use letter writing to explore strategies for positive change today.

Liberty and Justice for All (Grades 8 – 12) How do you define freedom and equality? Your class will explore connections between Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Civil War by examining documents from the 19th century and participating in a writing activity.

Salons by Stowe (Grades 9 – 12) Engage your class in a 21st-century parlor conversation on race, class, and gender in contemporary life facilitated by a museum educator. Topics can include: social justice, bullying, equity in education, mass incarceration, social movements, student activism, or a topic of your choice.

Inspiration to Action — After School Residency (Grades 3 and up — tailored to age and grade level) During a multi-week after school program with a museum educator, students identify and use their talents to turn ideas into action.

6-week After School Residencies include five in-school classes and one field trip to the Stowe Center.

12-week After School Residencies include 10 in-school classes and two field trips.

Contact us for prices and scheduling.

Visit both the Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum

Harriet Beecher Stowe and author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) were 19th century next door neighbors! Students can visit both National Historic Landmark homes in one field trip. $20 per student includes tours of both homes plus one of the two programs below:

Stowe & Twain: Effecting Social Change (Grades 7-12) Students discuss Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. They explore the questions: “Is the United States a ‘just’ society?” and “How has the concept of justice evolved over time — from slavery through the Civil Rights movement to the present?”

Nook Farm Neighbors (Grades 3-6) Students learn how historic events connect to life today. Explore activities of the 19th century Clemens (Twain) household. Discover how, like Harriet Beecher Stowe, one person can make a difference in their community.

School Group Guidelines

Contact the Stowe Center as early as possible to reserve your preferred date and time. Please mention any mobility needs. We’ll send you an email confirmation for your records.

Plan to pay for your group when you arrive for your visit. Stop in the Stowe Visitor Center with a check payable to “Harriet Beecher Stowe Center” or credit card.

Please provide 48-hours notice if you must cancel or postpone your visit. In the event that the Stowe Center or your school is closed due to inclement weather, we will make every effort to re-schedule your group.

If you will arrive more than 15 minutes early or late, please notify us at 860.522.9258 x317.

We can accommodate vans and individual cars in our parking lot at 77 Forest Street. Buses can drop off students at the curb in front of the Stowe House and then park on Forest Street.

Tours require one adult teacher or chaperone for every 10 students. Teachers are admitted free of charge; Chaperones: $10 each. Teachers/Chaperones are responsible for the group at all times.

General Information

Large backpacks, gum, food, and beverages are not permitted in the Stowe House. We provide bins to store bags and lunches. Your group is welcome to picnic on the grounds.

Allow time for shopping in the Stowe Museum Store for Stowe-inspired books, toys, jewelry and souvenirs.