Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Monday, December 31, 2012

What will you do to effect social change in the new year?

On this New Year's Eve, the Stowe Center is gearing up for another year of Salons and programs that inspire action. As you prepare your 2013 resolutions, consider how you will create positive change and inspire others. What social issues are important to you? What can you do locally do make a difference and impact your local, national and international communities?

For those who have attended our past Salons on bullying, the Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools conference sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves may be of interest to you. Continue the conversation on bullying as well as homophobia and learn additional "strategies for creating positive school culture." See the ad below for more information and visit Facing History and Ourselves to register.

Happy New Year from the staff, volunteers, and friends of the Stowe Center - we look forward to seeing you at our first winter Salon on February 28th! (stay tuned for details)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Supporting the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

"Sorrow reveals forces in ourselves we never dreamed of..."

Harriet Beecher Stowe, in The Minister's Wooing (1859)

Our thoughts and condolences go out to our neighbors in Newtown, Connecticut as they cope with the sadness following last Friday's tragedy. In keeping with the Stowe Center's mission, below is an "Inspiration to Action" list of things you can do to support the victims of Sandy Hook.



  • Observe the Connecticut state-wide moment of silence on Friday, December 21 at 9:30AM  
  • The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT last week. Expressions of comfort should be addressed to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown, PO Box 3700, Newtown CT 06470
  • Show that there is more love than hate int he world via Wall of Love: http://walloflove.org
  • Visit the Facebook group R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children
  • Wear green and white - Sandy Hook Elementary School colors - in honor of victims, via R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children
  • Offer voluntary assistance by calling the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection at 211 or (800) 203-1234

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