Boston's old guard of private clubs opens up to millennials.
Much like its premier universities, Boston’s historic clubs maintain a highly competitive admissions process. Nominations, recommendations, interviews, even classes on club history can be part of the sometimes years-long vetting process. But as these clubs adapt to the times and begin opening their doors to new and younger members, application (and maybe even acceptance) has never been more accessible. Herein: The low-down on three of Boston’s most premier clubs.
ALGONQUIN CLUB Founded: 1888 Membership: 450 Application: Member nomination required. Multiple classes on club history and guidelines await... Highlights: Events for members with children, especially on holidays such as Halloween and Easter. Special features: “Our popular news and history forums, author series, and monthly book and wine clubs in addition to cultural outings,” says GM Jodi Anderson. 217 Commonwealth Ave., 617-266-2400
HARVARD CLUB Founded: 1908 Membership: 5,000 Application: Online. (Membership is not restricted to alumni.) Highlights: Athletic events. “Our running club meets twice a month in the evenings. We also have a wellness and yoga event, plus our golf tournament,” says CMO Karen Galvin. Special features: “We have a [regular] lecture series featuring a Harvard faculty member [speaking to] current events,” says Galvin. 374 Commonwealth Ave., 617-536-1260
UNION CLUB Founded: 1863 Membership: 480 Application: Members must propose any new applicant with letters of recommendation. Highlights: “We have an active group of members under 40, with some in their late 20s,” says secretary Adam Apt. “We are working to grow that segment of our membership.” Special features: A panoply of events that includes dinners with guest speakers, family events, and even travel. Eight Park St., 617-227-0589