The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is operated as an historical and cultural site focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The site also includes a look into the family, friends, and colleagues of the Beecher-Stowe family and the Lane Seminary. The abolitionist, civil and human rights, and Underground Railroad movements in which these historical figures participated in the 1830's to 1860's, as well as African-American history related to these movements, are a special focus of the House. The site offers cultural events, programming, and tours. The house and grounds are also available to groups for rental for meetings and special events. Harriet Beecher Stowe House is an Ohio History Connection site.
Become a Stowe House Volunteer
Do you want to bring history to life? Join the team at the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and help share the story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the fight to end slavery. Whether you have a lot of time to offer or only a little, we would love to have you join our team. You will have the opportunity to lead tours, operate the bookstore, assist with special events, and complete research projects or clerical duties.
The site is operated by experienced volunteers, and we welcome new volunteers to assist in a wide variety of activities. Training is available. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Job Descriptions:
Gain valuable experience, connect with a community of history enthusiasts, share stories about the fight to end slavery, and connect visitors with Cincinnati’s rich past. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House can only function as a museum with a strong volunteer base. We value and appreciate your input. Conversely, you will gain valuable experience, connect with a community of history enthusiasts, share stories about the fight to end slavery, and connect visitors with Cincinnati’s rich past.
Bookstore Cashier: Conduct transactions for admissions and store items, re-stock shelves, and maintain cash drawer. It could include inventory management for bookstore items. Familiarize yourself with the products offered and with Harriet’s life and times.
Docent: Familiarize yourself with the content of the house and share that information with visitors. Answer questions, lead tours, and welcome guests. Tours can last up to forty-five minutes and should include time for questions. You can choose to portray historical figures in costume. Feel free to make the presentation your own!
Events Special Operations: Set-up, tear-down, AV equipment needs, and refreshments for specific events, lectures, or book discussions.
Historical Researcher: Conduct research on your choice of topics related to the Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Research can be used to develop programs, lectures, and tours and can provide additional resources for visitors and volunteers.
Office: Perform clerical functions to assist the site manager. This may include database management, data entry, help with mailings, etc. It could also include inventory management for bookstore items,
Property Maintenance: Maintain a clean and welcoming museum environment by assisting with sweeping, dusting, tidying, and fixing. General handyperson skills will be utilized in a number of specific projects. Grounds maintenance may include planting, weeding, watering, picking up trash, and sweeping.
Publicity: Assist the Site Manager with press releases, neighborhood or targeted publicity, management of our website and social media accounts
Special Events: Assist with special event planning and promotion
Special Projects: Is there a project you think would benefit the house? Let us know what you want to do. Past projects have included assistance with creating the Volunteer Handbooks and developing activities for the Hattie and Eliza Stowe Educational Center.
Become a Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House Member:
$20.00 - Annual Individual Membership
$25.00 - Annual Household Membership
$250.00 - Lifetime Membership
- Member e-mailing list: Stay up to date with events happening at the house and learn interesting tidbits about the history of Walnut Hills, Lane Seminary, the Beechers and Stowes, and more.
- Research library: Feel free to stop by and peruse our research library, located upstairs.
- Enjoy discounts on rentals and any paid house events.
- 10% gift shop discount.
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Ready to join: mail your check to
Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc.
2950 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
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