About the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
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.
Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc. Mission
Our mission is the preservation and interpretation of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House by increasing its community use and visibility, ensuring its financial stability, and providing educational and cultural enrichment programs and public events through partnerships with other organizations.
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, re-enact the lives of historical figures, operate the gift shop, 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 and include "volunteer interest" in the subject line.
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.
Historical Researcher: Conduct research on your choice of topics related to the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. Research can be used to develop programs, lectures, and tours and can provide additional resources for visitors and volunteers.
Docent: Familiarize yourself with the content of the house and share that information with visitors. Answer questions, lead tours, and welcome visitors. Tours can last up to forty-five minutes and should include time for questions. You can choose to portray historical figures in costume and lead programs and tours in character. Feel free to make the presentation your own!
Gift Shop Cashier: Conduct transactions, re-stock shelves, and maintain cash drawer. Familiarize yourself with the range of books and resources available.
Office: Answer phone calls, maintain calendar, check-voicemail, and conduct computer tasks. Assist with event and site promotion, including mailings, as needed.
Property Maintenance: Maintain a clean and welcoming museum environment by assisting with sweeping, dusting, tidying, and bathrooms. Light grounds maintenance may include weeding, watering, and sweeping.
Special Events: Assist with special event planning, promotion, and day-of needs.
Special Projects: Is there a project you think would benefit the house? Let us know what you want to do.
Become a Friends of Harriet Beecher Stowe House Member:
$20.00 Annual Individual Membership
$25.00 Annual Household Membership
$250.00 Lifetime Membership
A subscription to our e-newsletter: 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.
Can mail check to:
The Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Inc.
2950 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206