sa·lon noun : a fashionable assemblage of notables (such as literary figures, artists, or statesmen) held by custom at the home of a prominent person
Martha Washington, the first U.S. First Lady, conducted her own version of a salon, throughout her husband's eight-year presidency (1789–1797), holding weekly public receptions for an array of notable figures. At these gatherings, members of Congress, visiting foreign dignitaries, and ordinary citizens alike were received at the executive mansion.
In the spirit of Martha Washington’s receptions, we launched Martha Washington Salon. Our mission is to promote civil discourse on topics affecting today’s society through an educational process featuring experts in their fields.