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The Princeton Eating Clubs - Book Talk and Trivia Night



The Princeton Eating Clubs


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Cottage Club, 51 Prospect Avenue, Princeton NJ

Put what you know about the Eating Clubs to the test! 

(And win great prizes!!!)


Come take a walk down memory lane with Clifford Zink, who will present his new book, The Princeton Eating Clubs.




Then join in a lively Trivia Game about the Prospect Avenue Eating Clubs.





Answer questions like these (play along daily on our Facebook/Tweeter feeds!): 

Ivy was the first Eating Club, but its first home was not on Prospect Ave, but in Ivy Hall on what street in Princeton? (Mercer. The building is now part of Trinity Church.) 

In This Side of Paradise, first published in 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald described this club as “an impressive melange of brilliant adventurers and well-dressed philanderers.”

In 1917, five sophomores issued a manifesto in the Princetonian arguing that the eating clubs were against the best interests of the University. The spokesman of this revolt was the son of which US president? (Grover Cleveland)

 In 1968, these two eating clubs were disbanded, and their clubhouses were converted into the nonselective Stevenson Hall, which later introduced the first Kosher dining facility in any Ivy League school. Name either or both of these defunct clubs. (Key and Seal; Court Club) 

Win these great prizes: 

Grand Prize: The Princeton Eating Clubs book, signed by author Clifford W. Zink

Runner-Up Prize: The Princeton Eating Clubs calendar



6:00pm hors d'oeuvres, wine and soft drinks

6:30pm presentation by Clifford W. Zink, author of The Princeton Eating Clubs

7:00pm Princeton Eating Clubs Trivia Contest!

** Registration no later than Monday January 29, 2018 is required via Paypal button below.**

Contact Lydia '83 at for information.

The Princeton Eating Clubs

One of Princeton University’s most storied hallmarks is its eating club system which thrives along a row of magnificent mansions on Prospect Avenue and around the corner on Washington Road. Princeton’s unique eating clubs have been the soul of the University’s undergraduate social life since the late 19th century, and they continue to provide homes away from home for tens of thousands of alumni when they return to campus. Now, for the first time, the evolution and architectural grandeur of the eating clubs are described in a captivating manner and with many displays of wonderful archival images and exclusive new photos in a new publication, The Princeton Eating Clubs. Researched and created by Princeton-based author and historic preservation consultant Clifford W. Zink, this book portrays not just the eleven extant eating clubs but also those whose buildings are now owned and used by the University and continue to bring character and aesthetic appeal to Prospect Avenue.

About the Author

Clifford W. Zink has authored six other books that have received five awards, including the 2012 New Jersey Author’s Award in popular non-fiction from the NJ Studies Academic Alliance for The Roebling Legacy. He has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum, and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. Mr. Zink also received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area. He has a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

The release of The Princeton Eating Clubs was initiated and supported by Princeton Prospect Foundation, a charitable entity that receives tax deductible donations from alumni directed to their eating clubs to specifically support their architectural and historic significance.

PA3 is grateful to Cottage Club for welcoming us to its treasured home!

Cottage ClubCottage Club, which was founded in 1886, built its current majestic clubhouse on Prospect Avenue in 1905. It was designed by Charles Follen McKim, one of the most prominent architects in America at the time and the leading authority on club architecture. In 1999, Cottage Club was entered onto the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places based on the architectural structure of the building and its high degree of historic integrity and significant cultural contributions to the community.



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The Princeton Eating Clubs - Book Talk and Trivia Night ( Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )

Enjoy Clifford Zink present his book, The Princeton Eating Clubs.
Join in a lively Trivia Contest about the Eating Clubs.
Have a look at one of the grandes dames of Prospect Avenue - the University Cottage Club.

Location: University Cottage Club, 51 Prospect Ave, Princeton
Cost: $7.50/person (dues-paying mbrs); $12.50 others
Organized by: PA3

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