WASHINGTON (AP) – A proposal to make the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick a part of the National Park System is gaining momentum in Congress.

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins say the Senate Energy Committee has recommended Senate approval of a bill calling for a study on the proposal.

Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in the house from 1850 to 1852 while her husband taught at Bowdoin College, and she completed her masterpiece “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” there.

Snowe and Collins, R-Maine, say the book changed the course of history by mobilizing American public opinion against slavery.

They say making the Stowe House part of the National Park System would help ensure that the literary landmark is preserved for the public’s education and enjoyment for years to come.

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