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The Princeton Eating Clubs - Book Talk and Trivia Night



The Princeton Eating Clubs

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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

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

followed by mini-tour of Cottage Club Library

7:00pm Princeton Eating Clubs Trivia Contest!

Cottage Club, 51 Prospect Avenue, Princeton NJ

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



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


Signed books will be for sale at a discounted price.


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




Walk-ins welcome, but help us manage food and drink by registering (via PayPal below) no later than Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Contact Lydia '83 at for information.

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

Which club is home to Rudy the Elk, whose head has adorned a wall since 1997? (Colonial)

In 1967, which club became the first to switch from the selective bicker system to a nonselective lottery “sign-in” system? (Terrace)

A fire in this club caused $16,000 worth of damage in 1949 but the Club maintained its operations and was ready to go in time for 1950 Houseparties. Since then, the Club is often fondly called “The Indestructible.” Which club is it? (Charter)

Tiger Inn was the last all-male eating club to take steps toward admitting women despite a sex discrimination lawsuit filed against the club in 1979 by whom? (Sally Frank)

Which is the only club on the street that offers its members a hot tub? (Cloister) 

The university used this building to house the Office of Population Research and then the Freshman Writing Program. Today it is the home of which club that combines the name of four eating clubs?  (Cannon Dial Elm Club; the 4 are Cannon Club, Dial Lodge, Elm Club, DEC)

Gulick House on Olden Street was where many Eating Clubs got their start, serving as a first home until money was raised for land and a clubhouse. For this reason, Gulick House had what nickname? (“The Incubator”)

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) 

This eating club’s notable alumni include architect Robert Venturi, political heavyweights Adlai Stevenson and George P. Schultz and an uberwealthy tech and retail entrepreneur who started his business out of a garage in Seattle in 1994. (Quadrangle Club)

Win these great prizes: 

Grand Prize: The Princeton Eating Clubs book ($75 value!), signed by author Clifford W. Zink

Runner-Up Prize: The Princeton Eating Clubs calendar


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 )

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Have a look at one of the grandes dames of Prospect Avenue - the University Cottage Club.

Location: University Cottage Club, 51 Prospect Ave, Princeton
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PA3 Book Club: January Meeting

Dec. 26, 2017 - The book club will meet on Thursday, January 25, from 7-8:30 pm, in East Pyne 111. Our January selection is:

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, by Daniel Mendelsohn *94.

The PA3 book club meets on the last Thursday of each month (except July, August & December) from 7-8:30 at a location on campus. Selections alternate between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection.

On February 22, we'll discuss a fiction book to be decided.

On March 29, we will be joined by Professor Yiyun Li for a discussion of her memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to you in Your Life.

A list of all books the club has discussed can be found here.

To be added to the book club email list, please contact

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'First' Friday Lunch - January 2018

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons.


DongWon Oh, a PhD candidate in the Psychology Department and part of the Social Perception Lab, will join PA3 on Friday January 12th.  We know that impressions from faces are consequential, shaping important social outcomes.  DongWon's recent empirical studies and computational models show that women are at a disadvantage because of gender biases in impressions. 

Please join us.  As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion!

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary soft drink and coffee/tea. [**Wine/beer offered a la carte**] 
Pre-registration is preferred.

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

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January 2018 Propeller Event












Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres




6 P, TUESDAY, January 9th, 2017


Speaker:  Daniel J. Cohen, ’08


Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Princeton University


“Crowd Control:  Swarm Engineering for Medicine & Biotechnology”


Daniel is returning to Princeton University as a new professor in the MAE Department, having earned his BSE in Mechanical Engineering – and completed joint Bioengineering doctoral work at UC Berkeley and UCSF, and post-doctoral training in Biology at Stanford. After research spanning bio-inspired robotics, dinosaur mechanics, genetic engineering, surgical implant design and nanotechnology, his focus has now turned to tissue engineering and biomaterials design: applying concepts from swarm theory (bird flocking and sheep herding) to develop new biomedical tools and techniques.  After introducing swarm theory and its application to cellular systems, his talk will feature case studies from bioelectricity, biomaterials and machine learning that demonstrate how applying “swarm engineering” may transform how we:  interact with living cells, heal ourselves and understand diseases.


Registration Required via


NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, February 13th (6 P)

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Second Tuesday Princeton Propeller Talk by Stephanie Miller, Princeton Satellite Systems, MIT '99 & *01

Tuesday Dec 12, 6 PM @ The Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Ave, Princeton, NJ

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres followed by this fascinating lecture. No charge, donations gratefully accepted.

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Speaker: Stephanie Thomas, MIT ’99 &*01

Vice President, Princeton Satellite Systems

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and SM degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, Stephanie joined PSS in 2001, where

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