Her words changed the world.

Salons at Stowe

"One step fairly taken in the right direction goes farther than any amount of agonized back-looking."

Salons at Stowe

Vibrant dialogue and debate in an intimate setting.

Salons at Stowe is the 21st-century parlor conversation designed to inspire you to move from dialogue and debate to action on current social justice issues.  In 2010, the Stowe Center's Salon series received the Connecticut Humanities Council's Wilbur Cross Award for outstanding heritage programming, with this citation: "With its rich collections, the Stowe Center is in the exceptional position of having the material foundations and mission particularly suited to link contemporary issues to their historic context."

Since 2008, the Stowe Center's Salons have become a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to issues that concerned Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Featured guests provide a starting point for discussion and are a resource for the audience.  At every Salon, the audience creates an "Inspiring Action" agenda - a list of specific actions that can be taken to address the issue at hand. 

Here is what Salon-goers have to say:

"As successful an exercise in “civic engagement” as I have seen. Your featured guests were articulate, honest (courageous) and wise."

"Congratulations to the Stowe Center: no one else in the community is hosting discussions of these difficult topics."

Hear more in these two brief videos:

Salons at Stowe: 21st Century Parlor Conversation

Salons at Stowe: Inspiring Action

All Salons start at 5:30 PM with refreshments and conclude by 7:30 PM.

Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members, donors and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor; Ensworth Charitable Trust; Greater Hartford Arts Council; The Hartford; Travelers Foundation; Lincoln Financial Foundation; NewAlliance Foundation, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation

For more information on individual Salons see the Stowe Center Calendar.  

Can't attend?  Summaries of the Salon discussion are posted on the Salons at Stowe blog .  Check it out and tell us what you think! 


Winter 2016 Salons at Stowe 

February 18: Criminal Justice Reform in Connecticut
Featured Guests: Mike Lawlor, CT Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and Iran Nazario, Compass Youth Collaborative

March 10: Race and Food Access
Featured Guests: Grow Hartford Youth Leaders

March 24: Gender Bias in Juvenile Justice
Featured Guests:Mallory LaPierre, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance

Reservations: Info@StoweCenter.org or 860-522-9258, ext. 317.


NEW: Stowe Salons at Lunch
Noon - 1 PM

We're talking about race, racial equality and other social justice issues making news.
Please join us and share your perspective and ideas for creating positive change in our city, state and nation.
A great opportunity to network with others who care about social change.
Bring your lunch or pick up food at the Nook Farm Nook next door at Mark Twain House & Museum.
Please check the calendar for each week's topic. If you can't make it, participate on Twitter: @HBStoweCenter   #StoweSalonsAtLunch. Also, visit our blog for event recaps.

Upcoming 2016 Dates:

January 13: Racism in America

January 18: The Beloved Community

February 10

March 9


Reservations: Info@StoweCenter.org or 860.522.9258, x317.



 Info to Action

For a history of Salons at Stowe click here.  Find out more at our Make a Difference page or make a comment on  the Salons at Stowe blog and voice your opinion!