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The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will plan and design a new, audience-driven experience in the center's main exhibit, the 1871 Harriet Beecher Stowe House, to create a forum for learning and conversation. This project will encourage 21st century civic engagement by inspiring audiences to learn from the past and take action on issues that matter to them today. The traditional guided tour will be replaced with an engaging experience in a combination of period rooms and non-period gallery-style rooms to provide visitors an experience that is memorable, authentic, and offers opportunities for self-exploration. Connecting the past to the present, the exhibit will serve as a safe place for discussing difficult subjects and for learning more about the issues that were relevant to Stowe and the issues that still persist today.