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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?

  • Real Stories of Social Change on WNPR

    Listen in June 20 at 9 AM & 7 PM as John Dankosky talks with 2014 Student Stowe Prize winners and community leaders.

  • Are We in a Post-Racial Era?

    A Key Issues Forum held June 24, 2014 in partnership with Hartford Courant, FOX CT and Conference of Churches. Click "Read More" to see a video of the event.

  • Saturdays & Sundays are Family Days at the Stowe Center

    Enjoy fun free activities for the whole family! Free admission for Hartford residents.

  • FREE Tours for Hartford Residents -- Every Day!

    New in 2014: Hartford residents tour the Stowe House for free -- every day of the week!

  • Stowe Prize Panel Discussion on WNPR

    June 6: WNPR broadcasts the provocative Stowe Prize panel discussion with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"

  • 2013 Stowe Prize winner Michelle Alexander

    Powerful words on the impact of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" from the author of "The New Jim Crow"

  • This Week at the Stowe Center

    Open daily for tours. Closed Tuesdays January - March. Check here for program information.

  • Visit both Stowe and Mark Twain in one tour!

    Experience the lives of Hartford's most famous writers - and next door neighbors.

  • The Child's Tour - every weekend!

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

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    "Shoot Me Dead" by #StudentStowePrize runner up

    In June, the Stowe Center presented the 2014 Student Stowe Prize for writing by high school and college students that motivates social justice. The runner up in the high school category was Yesica Sol...
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  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    #Malala's birthday wish: #BringBackOurGirls

    ABC News' Amy Robach interviewed activist Malala Yousafzai on her 17th birthday (July 12). What was her big birthday wish? For Boko Haram to release the Nigerian girls they have been holding captive s...
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  • Monday, July 21, 2014

    The meaning of #bodyimage in the media

    Last week, singer Colbie Caillat released a new music video for her song "Try" in which she takes aim at extensive media alterations in photo-shopping, by appearing make-up free. As the video progress...
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