Langston Hughes

Susan Campbell: Stowe House Wants Visitors To Talk Back

Susan Campbell: Stowe House Wants Visitors To Talk Back

A painter's ladder rests against the wall in a back parlor. Tape guards the trim in the front parlor. Upstairs, Maura Hallisey, program coordinator for Salons at Stowe, is awaiting a display case that will hold a first edition of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The case is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

On June 10 — two days after the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center's Big Tent Jubilee — the doors will open for the Harriet Beecher Stowe House's grand reopening. The ladder and tape may be gone and the display case installed, but the front parlor most likely will still be missing its rug.

No matter. Throughout an intense, 18-month renovation of the home of the classic American...

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