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, March 26, 2014

Stowe Center educational programs inspire students!

As our Director of Education and Visitor Services Shannon Burke mentioned at a joint program with the Old State House on Tuesday, "The Stowe Center's [education programming] encourages students to identify "What is the issue YOU care about? What would you like to change?"

It is often difficult to measure the lasting impact of Stowe Center programs on students, but every so often we find a great example. They say say "a picture is worth 1,000 words"...so a picture of words must be worth 1,000x that! Below is Maura Hallisey, a Stowe Center Museum Educator, who has been running a multi-week after school program with 5th grade students at Batchelder School in Hartford. She is holding a list of social justice issues and "Ideas" brainstormed by the students in her class. These are the issues the students would like to explore further in their final six-week session of after school programs this spring. They will choose an issue and create public service announcements, write letters to local officials requesting support, and present to teachers and staff...all in an effort to create positive change in their schools and communities. The Stowe Center is proud to partner with Organized Parents Make A Difference (OPMAD) to deliver this after school program, funded by Lincoln Financial Foundation and Charles Nelson Robinson Fund.

Want to learn more about our educational programming and how you can bring students to the Stowe Center or bring Museum Educators to your clasroom? Visit the school programs page on our website and check out our School Program Brochure

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