April 26, 2017 6-7:30 PM
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
What does preservation mean for a city? How does preservation intersect with issues of housing, sustainability, and economics?
As a state with a nearly 400-year history, Connecticut faces significant choices about historic preservation. The City of Hartford in particular faces pressing issues of preservation, blight and urban design.
Join the conversation with Leah Glaser, Associate Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University and Laura Settlemyer, Blight Director for the City of Hartford.
Hartford’s 1871 Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a National Historic Landmark, is undergoing a $3.2 million preservation project to be complete in June 2017. The work includes a new climate control system, state-of-the-art fire suppression, renovation of historic windows, and refreshed carpeting and wallpapers.
The preservation project will ensure that visitors from around the world continue to learn about Stowe and the courage she summoned to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to connect the past to the present and be inspired by Stowe’s example -- all in the home where the anti-slavery novelist lived her final 23 years.