Her Words Changed the World: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born June 14, 1811 here in Litchfield. She was a member of one of the 19th century’s most remarkable families. The daughter of the prominent Congregationalist minister Lyman Beecher and the sister of Catharine, Henry Ward, and Edward, she grew up in an atmosphere of learning and moral earnestness that culminated in her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.With sales of over 300,000 copies in the first year, the book exerted an influence equaled by few other novels in history, helping to solidify both pro- and anti-slavery sentiment. It is cited among the causes of the American Civil War.
Chelsea Farrell from the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford comes to OWL with a dynamic presentation, “Her Words Changed the World,” exploring the life and impact of anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. The talk will cover Stowe’s life - her childhood, family, education, marriage and motherhood - as well as her inspiration to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the lasting impact of its message. She will also expound upon the current mission and work of the Stowe Center.
Chelsea has worked at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center since 2016, where she leads interactive, dialogue-based tours of Stowe’s historic Hartford home and facilitates public conversations in the award-winningSalons at Stowe discussion series. Prior to joining the Stowe Center, she worked for the Simsbury Historical Society, and for two years taught English-language courses in South Korea.
Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting owlibrary.organd clicking on Events/Adult Events.