The Beacon Salon Series

Beacon Salon SeriesENGAGE. ENGROSS. EDIFY.

The Beacon Salon Series presents accomplished and compelling figures from Florida and around the world to explore Florida history, wax poetic, and mine popular culture through a series of forums (salons) and presentations by distinguished authors, historians, actors, and more.

Join us for compelling discussion, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and heaping helpings of intellectual stimulation.

Beacon Salon Aug 23 2018 - A Bewitching Evening with Aaron Mahnke

Beacon Salon

August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
A Bewitching Evening with Aaron Mahnke

Beacon Salon Series - Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson

September 5, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned to Fight Hitler

Beacon Salon Series - Mainstreet Art & Culture Slam

Mainstreet Art & Culture Slam

October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where Page Meets Staged! An Evening of Spoken Word

Beacon Salon Series - Kristin Congdon

Kristin Congdon

November 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
Florida Folk Art: Landscapes and Dreamscapes

Beacon Salon Series - Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang

December 6, 2018 at 7:00pm
A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Beacon Salon Series - Eric Dusenbery

Eric Dusenbery

January 24, 2019 at 7:00pm
Florida Soup: Putting History on the Table

Beacon Salon Series - Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

February 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
A Way Forward: Negro Spirituals Speak to America

Beacon Salon Series - Jeff Klinkenberg

Jeff Klinkenberg

March 4, 2019 at 7:00pm
My Florida

Beacon Salon Series - James C. Clark

James C. Clark

April 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
The Hidden History of Florida

Beacon Salon events are staged at the Beacon College Student Center, 118 East Main Street in downtown Leesburg, Florida, unless otherwise noted.

Beacon Salon Forums and Beacon Salon Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, however, donations are welcome to help defray speaker fees and travel costs. Sponsorships also are available for the entire series or individual events. To make a donation or to inquire about sponsorships, please contact

For speakers interested in presenting, please use our Beacon Salon Series Submission form.