The Jackson Mothers’ Club met at Holzer Assisted Living at noon on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Nine members enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Holzer. After lunch, President Shirley Speakman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The raffle was won by Betty Richards. Secretary, Kathy Barraclough read the minutes and treasurer, Betty Richards gave her report. A monetary gift was given to the Jackson Veterans Memorial Park and to the Stay at Home party.
The program was presented by member, Helen Armstrong on Harriet Beecher Stowe. Harriet was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut to parents, the famous Calvinist preacher, Rev. Lyman Beecher and his wife, Roxana Foote Beecher. Harriet at the age of 10 was affected by her father’s reformist message on slavery. Harriet attended Hartford Female Seminary, a school run by her older sister, Catharine. Harriet moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where her father worked at Lane Theological Seminary. Harriet joined a literary group known as the Semi-Colon Club where she honed her writing style. In 1938, Harriet married Calvin Stowe, a professor at Lane Theological Seminary. In 1850, Calvin became a professor at Bowdoin College, moving to Brunswick, Maine. In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law, prohibiting assistance to fugitives. This prompted Harriet to write a story on the problem of slavery. In 1851, when she was 40, the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published .In 1852, her book was published in book form. In less than a year, the book sold an unprecedented 3,000 copies. After the start of the Civil War, Stowe traveled to Washington, D. C. and met President Abraham Lincoln. Legend has it that, upon meeting her, he greeted her by sayng, “so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war”. Harriet was among the founders of the Hartford Art School which later became part of the University of Hartford. Harriet Beecher Stowe died on July 1, 1896 at the age of 85.
President Shirley thanked Helen for her program. Roll call was taken with each member stating their favorite Woman of the Civil War era. Meeting adjourned with members reading The Club Woman’s Prayer. Next month’s meeting wil be at Four Winds Community Center Chapel on May 14. The program will be presented by Cathy Smalley on the Civil War celebration in Jackson.