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"Harriet Beecher Stowe" documentary takes filmmakers to Litchfield

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The First Congregational Church in Litchfield, CT was founded in 1721. The original meeting house was built in 1723.  Reverend Lyman Beecher served as minister from 1810 until 1826 preaching Calvanism. The current church building was built on site in 1829, three years after Lyman moved his family to Boston.

Fourth Wall Films' Kelly and Tammy Rundle visited the charming town of Harriet Beecher Stowe's birthplace, Litchfield, Connecticut and captured footage for their new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years.

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield on June 14, 1811 to Reverend Lyman Beecher and his wife, Roxana Foote Beecher.  Harriet was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman.  Roxana died when Harriet was five.

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Lyman Beecher home in Litchfield. (Photo Litchfield Historical Society)

Lyman purchased the North Street house in 1810.  Harriet described the home as a “wide, roomy, windy edifice that seemed to have been built by a succession of afterthoughts.”  The family lived in the house for 16 years.

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Nothing is left of the old Beecher homestead in Litchfield, but a Beecher Street sign.

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The Rundles did research at the Litchfield Historical Society and spent time touring the fascinating museum exhibit.

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Producer Tammy Rundle examines a needle-point artwork on display at the Litchfield Historical Society.

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Director Kelly Rundle finds information on the Beecher family on display at the Litchfield Historical Society.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years will tell the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how these life-changing experiences contributed to Harriet's best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her Ohio experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel. 

Through the project's fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH), Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years was awarded a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy® nominated and award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  Fourth Wall Films focuses on telling Midwestern stories through historical documentary films that reach viewers via PBS broadcasts, theaters, film festivals, national DVD release and online streaming.

For more information, visit FourthWallFilms.com.

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