Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum History Conversation Series

Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life

The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum presents its History Conversation Book Series!

Suggested donation $5 or $17 for entire series

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Delve deeper into the lives and characters of some of the most well known people of the Civil War era and meet and mingle with popular authors and historians.  Enjoy conversation in the historic Schmucker House on Seminary Ridge.

Sunday, March 1, 2014 at 3 P.M. in the Schmucker House on the corner of Seminary Ridge and Springs Avenue.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life with author Nancy Koester

"So you're the little woman who started this big war," Abraham Lincoln is said to have quipped when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin converted readers by the thousands to the anti-slavery movement and served notice that the days of slavery were numbered. Overnight Stowe became a celebrity, but to defenders of slavery she was the devil in petticoats.

 Most writing about Stowe treats her as a literary figure and social reformer while downplaying her Christian faith. But Nancy Koester's biography highlights Stowe’s faith as central to her life -- both her public fight against slavery and her own personal struggle through deep grief to find a gracious God. Having meticulously researched Stowe’s own writings, both published and un-published, Koester traces Stowe's faith pilgrimage from evangelical Calvinism through spiritualism to Anglican spirituality in a flowing, compelling narrative.