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Stowe and Twain Guided Tours and Programs for School and Youth Groups

Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum to learn more about two of the U.S.’s most influential authors. Explore exceptional historic sites of national significance on a shared campus, and experience inquiry-based, interactive, facilitated tours where students learn how historic events connect to life today.

Stowe Center Guided Tour (Grades K-12)

During a 45-minute facilitated tour, students explore the life and impact of 19th-century author Harriet Beecher Stowe and her most famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. By participating in discussions, examining primary source documents and making connections to current events, students can challenge assumptions that lead to inequality and create positive change, as Stowe did. Customized for grade level.

The Mark Twain House Guided Tour (Grades K-12)

Experience a 45-minute inquiry-based tour of the elegant mansion where Samuel Clemens(Mark Twain) lived and worked from 1874 to 1891. Students expand their visual literacy and learn about life in 19th-century Connecticut by exploring the space where Clemens wrote his most successful works.

Nook Farm Neighbors (Grades K-6)

Students learn about the power of storytelling to create community through an interactive investigation of historic objects and documents. They explore the questions: What can we learn about the individuals who lived in Nook Farm through the museums’ collections? What stories might our own objects and documents tell about us and our communities?

Making an Impact: Stowe, Twain, and Activist Writing (Grades 7-12)

Students discuss Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finnincontext with other 19th-century activist authors. They explore the questions: How have U.S.authors used creative writing to effect social change? What does informed action look like, historically and today?

For more information or to book your tour, contact us at schoolprograms@stowecenter.org or 860.522.9258 x308.

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