The Stowe Center will open its doors free of charge on January 20, 2014 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Free tours will be offered all day, 9:30 AM to 5 PM. Visitors are encouraged to bring new bath towels to be collected by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and distributed to local homeless shelters.
At Noon, the Stowe Center joins the King Center and individuals and organizations from around the world to ring bells for peace. All are encouraged to ring their own bells - real or virtual - to show their commitment to nonviolence and peace.
At 12:30 PM meet in the Stowe Visitor Center to join a discussion of nonviolence with Stowe Center Program Coordinator Sonya Green. We'll talk about "The Beloved Community," a vision for a world free of violence, including how we can honor Dr. King by abstaining from both physical and gun violence as well as from violence in speech and spirit.
A visit to the Stowe Center provides an intimate glimpse into the life and impact of the author of the groundbreaking anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. The whole family will be inspired by the woman whose words changed the world. Stop in the Visitor Center to see special exhibits "Who is Uncle Tom?" and "A Moral Battle Cry for Freedom." Before or after your tour, join in making a "Chain of Change" or shop the Museum Store for unique books and gifts for both children and adults.
January's tour theme is 'Stowe and The Emancipation Proclamation'. Visitors will learn about the role Stowe played in urging President Lincoln to sign the Proclamation. Participants will make connections from Uncle Tom's Cabin, the Civil War and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington 100 years later, the Civil Rights Act and the ongoing drive to secure equality for all.