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PG-252915-17

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT 06105-3243)
Cynthia Cormier (Project Director: 05/03/2016 to present)

Upgrading Harriet Beecher Stowe House Light Protection

The purchase of 30 historic-looking, light-filtering linen shades for the interpreted public areas on the first and second floors of the home of writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as nine light-blocking shades for the third-floor storage spaces.  The shades would protect historic artifacts in the home from damaging sunlight.  Furniture, clothing, dishware, and personal items belonging to the Stowe and Beecher families are used to 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 light filtering and light blocking window shades for objects in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 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. 85% of the household objects belonged to Stowe or her family. This project will replace 39 failed window shades with historic-looking light filtering and blocking shades, which together with new interior mounted storm windows (not part of this application), will provide museum-standard light protection throughout the historic building. This project is scheduled following window improvements, environmental control upgrades, and fire suppression installation in the Stowe House to be completed in late spring 2017.

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:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018