Stowe Center Programs

Harriet Beecher Stowe is an important icon of American literature, culture and social activism. Stowe (1811-1896) published more than 30 books, but it was her best-selling, anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, that catapulted her to international celebrity and secured her place in history.

Discover Stowe’s world in Hartford’s Nook Farm, the 19th century neighborhood of literary and political leaders. Anticipate an inspiring journey — one where you and your students will learn Stowe’s legacy and impact on American history, literature and culture.

All Stowe Center programs tie to Connecticut Curriculum Standards in social studies, language arts or science. All on-site programs include a guided, interactive tour of the Stowe House (excluding Salons By Stowe). Programs are also available in the classroom.

Calling on the Stowes (Grades K-5)

Students discover what life was like in the Stowe household durign the 1870s in Hartford’s historic Nook Farm neighborhood. Learn the story of the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and see how life has changed since her days in Hartford and how it has also stayed the same.

In Harriet’s Garden (Grades K-5 )

Investigate the Stowe Center grounds and Victorian-style gardens; learn about Stowe’s love of flowers, gardening and painting.  Students view Stowe’s works then paint en plein air, creating a work of their own.   Available May through August.

Nook Farm Neighbors (Grades 3-5)

A Joint Program with the Mark Twain House & Museum

Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain were authors who changed the world with their words.  Students will explore the everyday activities of the Stowe and Twain households, through hands-on learning with artifacts and primary sources, as well as try their hand at some expository or narrative writing.  Includes guided interactive tours of both the Stowe House and the Twain House. (This program is 3 hours. Fee: $14 per student, $10 per chaperone, teachers are free)

Inspiration to Action (Grades 3-5)

This program introduces students to the multi-faceted life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and reinforces the message that one person can make a difference. Hands on activities, drawing on multiple intelligences, will explore the life and impact of Stowe and actions students can take today to create positive change.  Also available as a multi-week after school program.

Paths to Change (Grades 4-8)

Students tour both the Stowe House and the Butler-McCook House (just minutes apart in Hartford) to explore the social activism of Stowe (anti-slavery) and Rev. John James McCook (homelessness). With Stowe and McCook illustrating that one person can make a difference, Paths to Change encourages students to take action for positive change. (This program is 3 hours. Fee: $10 per student, 1 chaperone is free per 10 students, $7 each additional chaperone, teachers are free) Scheduling: 860-247-8996 x21 (CT Landmarks)

Her Words Changed the World (Grades 6-12)

Stowe’s Victorian Gothic Revival home introduces students to Stowe, the most famous American woman of the 19th-century.  Students will learn about Stowe’s life and family, her work and the impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin as well as the roles of women and African Americans in 19th-century society, local history and the Civil War.

Liberty and Justice for All

Has the promise of America been fulfilled between the American Civil War and today? Students will explore the connections between Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Civil War. What role did Stowe play in abolition and emancipation in the 19th century and where do we stand today on these same issues?

Stowe & Her Neighbors (Grades 7-12)

Explore Nook Farm, the 19th century hub of Hartford’s literary and political worlds with a guided walking tour.  “Meet” the writers, abolitionists, suffragists and actors who called this part of Hartford home.

Salons by Stowe (Grades 6 – 12)

This 21st century parlor conversation, facilitated by a Stowe Center educator, will connect issues important to Stowe with the contemporary face of those issues. Students will engage in vibrant debate and discussion and be inspired to take their own action. “Activist Tool Kits” will be provided to each student to encourage civic engagement in their own communities. Available topics include: human trafficking, stereotypes and name-calling, or banned books and freedom of speech.

Stowe and Twain:  Effecting Social Change (Grades 7-12)
A joint program with The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Students tour the homes of both Stowe and Twain, and then gather for a post-tour discussion of the authors and their novels Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Huckleberry Finn. (This program is 3 hours. Fee: $14 per student, $10 per chaperone, teachers are free)

For more information or to make a reservation contact Program Coordinator, Amanda Roy: 

Call 860.522.9258 x 308 or

Please have the following information on hand:

  • Date you would like to visit (with an alternate date)
  • Selected program or tour
  • Student and chaperone count
  • Grade level and interests of your students
  • Time of arrival
  • Any special needs
  • Any other question

Programs are $6 per person and one adult chaperone is complimentary for every 10 children.  Additional adults pay student rate. unless otherwise noted.

There is a minimum of 10 students for each program, but groups under 10 may be accommodated at full rate.

Each program is 1 to 1.5 hours long, unless otherwise noted.

Museum Store on site



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