“A Visit with Harriet Beecher Stowe”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Founders Auditorium
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906

Presented By: The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Harriet Beecher Stowe Comes to Ohio State Mansfield

Not many books make people feel so deeply about a law that they are willing to fight to change it. But in 1852, Uncle Tom’s Cabin did just that. Harriet Beecher Stowe was convinced that slavery – bolstered by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 - was evil.

Her fiction contained a lot of truth; it exposed slavery’s worst aspects to a largely unsuspecting North. The result was moral outrage culminating in the Armageddon we know as the Civil War. Join us to learn more about this remarkable woman during “A Visit with Harriet Beecher Stowe,” portrayed by Susan Kahrl of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The presentation will be held at Founders Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 PM. A pizza reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition, Ohio State Mansfield will exhibit a rare book display before and after the Harriet Beecher Stowe (Susan Kahrl) visit October 4. The display will include a rare copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and related works in the collection. Jolie Braun, Curator of American Literature in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Ohio State Columbus, will select the works and answer questions while the books are on display in the lobby behind Founders Auditorium. Braun and her staff will display the materials from 12:00-12:30 and 1:30 - 2:00. This is a rare chance for students and the general public to meet a Curator and see rare books. No food or drink will be allowed near the books.

Susan Kahrl’s portrayal of Harriet Beecher Stowe will focus on the life experiences that led Stowe to become an ardent abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which many historians consider to be America’s first protest book against a law, The Fugitive Slave Act.

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