History of the Club
Pegasus, the Cosmopolitan Club mascot
The Cosmopolitan Club was established in 1909 and quickly became a place where accomplished women in the arts and letters gathered to socialize, exchange ideas and enjoy one another's company.
Recently, in celebrating our centenary, we saluted the scores of distinguished members of the past, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Hayes, Pearl Buck, Marian Anderson, Margaret Mead, Willa Cather and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller among them. We recall thousands of plays, musical performances, lectures, classes, book clubs, benefits, balls and festivals. The Club remains a place where members "gather outside the routines of their homes and offices" and "a place to nourish their intellects; exercise their artistic impulses; cultivate friends; and freely exchange ideas," in the words of member Cynthia Schaffner.
Please take a moment to read one of the several short essays on the history of our club. We are glad you're here!