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PG-233814-16

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105-3243)
Cynthia Cormier (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

Upgrading Harriet Beecher Stowe House Storage Equipment

The purchase of storage furniture and preservation quality re-housing supplies for the material culture collections stored on the third floor of the Stowe House, which are routinely brought out for exhibition and used in interpretive programs.  The 2,115 objects, including furniture, clothing, dishware, and personal artifacts belonging to the Stowe and Beecher families, demonstrate everyday routines and provide visitors with a way to connect to the historical themes presented—19th-century women’s history, African American history and racial attitudes in the United States, civic reform, and Stowe’s legacy as a writer—on a personal level.  The work of this heritage tourism site, program center, and research library reaches a wide variety of scholars, students, and members of the general public.

The Stowe Center seeks funding for upgraded collections storage furniture, shelf lining material, and preservation housing supplies for objects in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House storage areas, a National Historic Landmark and the home where Stowe lived for 23 years. The Center holds the largest collection of materials related to Stowe. The collections are nationally significant, illustrating Stowe's life and impact and the worldwide response to "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The objects date from the late 18th century to the 1950s. Approximately 85% of the household objects belonged to Stowe and her family. The project will replace untreated storage furniture, replace worn shelf lining material, and appropriately re-house collections stored in the five-room Stowe House storage area while the collections are safely stored off-site during an environmental control, fire suppression and interior renovation building project. The project is a strategic and conservation priority.

Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017