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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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Champagne and Chocolate Soirée on December 5 and "shopping for a moral cause"

In the 1800’s, it was common to buy gifts and donate items to those in need, an act known as charity or “shopping for a moral cause.” Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister Catharine E. Beecher wrote about charity in their book American Woman’s Home (1869):
“It is probable that there is no form of duty whereon conscientious persons differ more in opinion, or where they find it more difficult to form discriminating and decided views, than on the matter of charity.  That we are bound to give some of our time, money, and efforts, to relieve the destitute, all allow.  But, as to how much we are to give, and on whom our charities shall be bestowed, many a reflecting mind has been at a loss.” 
Looking to make a difference for those in need this season, but concerned about all the gifts and presents to buy and other holiday spending? Then stop by the Stowe Center Museum Shop! 

This season, the Shop features special gifts whose proceeds benefit victims of human trafficking and abuse, the environment, female entrepreneurs, artisans in the developing world, and more. Products include hand bags, laptop cases, mittens, wool socks, money pouches, reusable sandwich bags, and scarves. Donna Haghighat, Founder and CEO of www.Shoptimize.org, will also have a table of items which help "shop women to the top."

To sweeten the deal, we invite you to our annual Champagne and Chocolate Soirée event tomorrow, December 5, from 6-8pm in the Stowe Visitor Center to enjoy a 20% discount on all Museum Shop items! 

Items from our table of Stowe Center mission-based products will also be on sale, and include books about social justice and empathy, "Teach Peace" bumper stickers, activist buttons, The New Jim Crow by 2013 Stowe Prize winner Michelle Alexander, and Stowe Center branded products. 

Don't miss this opportunity to "shop for a moral cause" while getting your holiday shopping done...and even save an extra 20% while enjoying champagne and delicious sweets! 

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