Dedicated Oct. 16, 2019
Partners: Connecticut Center for the Book, Connecticut Humanities, Hartford Public Library
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center was designated a Literary Landmark on Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019. The dedication was part of a joint ceremony for the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, both established in Hartford, Connecticut.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an abolitionist who published over 30 books during her lifetime, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the famous anti-slavery novel. She was born and raised in Litchfield, Conn. before moving to Ohio with her family in 1832.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change.
The ceremony took place at the Mark Twain Visitor Center at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. Doors opened at 8 a.m., and coffee and pastries were served. At 8:30, the plaque unveiling occurred and brief remarks followed.
Attendance included Jason Mancini, executive director of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut Center for the Book; Bridget Quinn-Carey, chief executive officer, Hartford Public Library and Mark Twain House & Museum Trustee; and Paul Mounds, chief operating officer & deputy chief of staff at the Office of Governor Ned Lamont.