Philadelphia was once famously “clubby,” and although many were literally “Old Boys’ Clubs,” women developed their own organizations, too. Join the New Century Trust’s Meg Kelly for a tour of the Trust–including its dusty upper floors–plus the Acorn Club, the Cosmopolitan Club, and the Plastic Club.
We’ll start at the Galleries at Moore, then head over to the oldest women's club in America, the Acorn Club. Created in 1889, the organization envisioned itself as "a perpetual body for the promotion of literacy, musical and artistic tastes for social enjoyments and such other kindred purposes as the club may from time to time determine." Just five minutes away is the Cosmopolitan Club, whose founders were colorful Philadelphia transplants. They called themselves the “Foreign Devils,” designing their meeting spot in the latest Art Deco style of 1930. Next, we'll visit the Plastic Club, a group concerned with promoting and preserving visual art since 1897. Its name derives from the term used to describe a piece in an unfinished state.
We’ll finish up with the New Century Trust, which was–and is–dedicated to improving the lives of working women. During the first decades of the 20th century, the building was the locus for a wide array of political causes, including women’s suffrage, municipal reform, consumer issues, labor reform, and women's citizenship training.