Today, Congressman John B. Larson announced $150,000 for the preservation of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center collections. The competitive grant marks the second phase of federal funding awarded to the center through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America program.
"The works of Harriet Beecher Stowe opened the eyes of many to the outrages of slavery in the United States," said Congressman Larson. "With this funding, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford can better protect her works and collections, ensuring these vital pieces of American history are preserved for years to come."
"The Stowe Center is delighted to receive this public support for a project preserving Harriet Beecher Stowe's Hartford home for our diverse international audiences. This grant is a significant investment in Center's historic collections, which tell a national story important for all of us," said Katherine Kane, Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
The funding announced today matches an over $400,000 investment by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to purchase and install a new mechanical system, make climate and environmental control improvements and install fire detection and protection at the center.