Dedicated to History: College Opens ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ to Public


Harriet Beecher Stowe House

 One of the front two parlors of the former home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, at 63 Federal Street, has been turned into a public exhibit space to commemorate Stowe’s literacy legacy. Her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which she wrote when she lived at the Brunswick home between 1850 and 1852, helped spark the American Civil War.

Bowdoin hosted an open house May 9, 2016, to celebrate the completion of Harriet’s Writing Room and the designation of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. In 1850, the Stowe family offered shelter to runaway slave John Andrew Jackson, who later wrote the book, The Experience of a Slave in South Carolina. Read the story and see photos from the event.

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