President Barack Obama has continued this long-time tradition of National Education and Sharing Day, and in 2009 stated in his proclamation:
“We also know that learning does not stop when students leave the classroom. Whether at the dinner table or on the field, it is our task as parents, teachers, and mentors to make sure our children grow up practicing the values we preach. We have an obligation to instill in them the virtues that define our national character — honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion.”
President Obama's message is particularly important in remembering museums as institutions of both culture and education. At the Stowe Center, we seek to educate visitors on Stowe's life and impact, and the ability each of us has to - like Stowe - create positive change in our world. In honor of National Education and Sharing Day, we hope you will explore our public programs at www.HarrietBeecherStowe.org, and our educational programming for kids which instill those above-mentioned values of honesty and independence, drive and discipline, courage and compassion!