Harriet Beecher Stowe Center gets $150,000 grant

US Representative John Larson said the federal government has awarded a $150,000 grant to preserve the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center collections in Hartford.

The center features a National Historic Landmark that was once the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of ‘‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’’ — which fueled the antislavery cause. She lived in the house for the last 23 years of her life.

The center’s collections contain about 6,000 objects and more than 200,000 manuscripts, pamphlets, books, and images.

The federal funding adds to the center’s investment of more than $400,000 to buy and install a new mechanical system, make climate and environmental control improvements, and install fire detection and protection at the center. Larson said the funding will help the center protect her works and collections.