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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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A 12-year-old shows concern for #economicequality in new #StoweHouse experience

As you've read in some earlier posts, the Stowe Center is undergoing the process of reinterpretation, the exciting re-imagining of the visitor experience in the Stowe House. While testing some ideas and experiences, we asked a group of teenagers to consider: "What kind of change would you like to make in the world?" One 12-year-old girl from Hartford said:

The new Stowe House experience will share the inspiring story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and connect the issues for which she advocated to contemporary injustices. We will ask visitors to consider their role in creating change in the world and what issues are important to them. As is evidenced above, people of all ages (even teenagers!) are eager to share what injustices are important to them and how they would like to make change. What contemporary issues are important to you?

In a recent blog post, our interpretive consultant Linda Norris concluded that "Seeing IS Believing: What Prototyping Can Do," and shared many of the successes of our reinterpretation thus far. Don't miss the chance to weigh in on the future of the Stowe House experience! Stop by for a tour of the House and share your reactions, or contact ideas@stowecenter.org with questions or suggestions. We're excited to engage YOU in the experience and find out how Stowe's story inspires you.

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