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Welcome to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center uses Stowe’s life and work to inspire YOU to change your world.

Stowe wrote the anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, in 1852. The world was never the same. Abolition became possible. Emancipation became law. But today, in the 21st century, inequity is everywhere. What would Stowe do? What will YOU do?

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Coates' new book, "Between the World and Me" is garnering lots of attention. Hear what he is saying about this work and what the media is saying.

  • Capital Community College to Offer Stowe-Twain Literature Course

    Starting Fall 2015

  • #StoweSalonsAtLunch continues!

    Join us to talk race, racism and other social justice issues making news. Bring your lunch and bring your ideas Wednesdays at Noon in July & August. Free event thanks to our members and donors.

  • Hartford Residents! Want to join the Stowe team?

    We are looking for someone who loves Hartford and the Stowe Center and wants to connect city residents with the Stowe Center programs and events. Available immediately!

  • ICYMI: 2015 Stowe Prize Conversation on Race

    2015 Stowe Prize winner Ta-Nehisi Coates and WNPR's John Dankosky in an inspiring program. Kudos to CT-N for filming on their busiest day and to The Hartford for their leadership as the Legacy Presenting Sponsor of all Stowe Prize events. Watch here.

  • "Uncle Tom's Cabin" - read it in installments!

    On June 5, 1851, Stowe's anti-slavery novel began to appear in the abolitionist newspaper, "The National Era." Read the latest here!

  • The Stowe Center is a Blue Star Museum

    Free Admission for Military Families Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • 2015 Stowe Prize winner's latest work

    Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' latest piece. A thoughtful and direct commentary on the Justice Department report on the Ferguson Police Department.

  • 2014 Stowe Center Year in Review

    And what a year it has been! Check out what we have been up to.

  • Stowe Center Kudos

    Hartford Courant cites Stowe Center as a model for programs encouraging civic engagement on contemporary social justice issues that connect to the work of author and activist Harriet Beecher Stowe.

  • Stowe Center Honored With IMLS Award

    $150,000 Museums for America grant to plan and design a new, audience-driven experience in the Stowe House.

  • State of Connecticut invests in the Stowe Center

    Breaking News: $650,000 grant approved July 25, 2014 at State Bond Commission hearing,

  • FREE Tours for Hartford Residents!

    Hartford residents tour the Stowe House for free -- every day of the week! Extended through December 31, 2015 Thanks to the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Job Grants Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor.

  • The Family Tour - every weekend!

    Lots to see and do for a family weekend ! The Family Tour, Craft activities, Uncle Tom's Cabin exhibit, and more.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015

    #StoweSalonsatLunch Recap: White Privilege

    On Wednesday, July 22nd, participants gathered at the Stowe Center for the fourth Stowe Salon at Lunch on the topic of white privilege. Michelle McFarland, Branch Manager of the Hartford Public Librar...
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  • Monday, July 13, 2015

    "A New Day Dawns" in South Carolina after the Confederate Flag is Removed

    After weeks of activist work and protest, on Friday July 10th, officials at the South Carolina statehouse removed the Confederate Flag that had flown in front on statehouse grounds since 1961. The fl...
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  • Friday, July 10, 2015

    #StoweSalonsatLunch: Charleston Part 2 Recap

    In continuation of the first Stowe Salon at Lunch on July 1st, participants gathered once again to discuss the implications of the shooting in Charleston and the current politics surrounding racism a...
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