The Dorchester Club
The Dorchester Club is a private social club in the progressive Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, founded perhaps as early as 1726. At first a loose association of like-minded individuals who met privately to engage in academic and philosophical discussions, the group eventually was bequeathed the home of one of the founding members, which still stands to this day as the headquarters of this club. While at first the group was politically active, numbering amongst its members some in the Sons of Liberty, the nature of the organization grew to take on a more private and esoteric nature following the death and loss after the American Revolutionary war, something that only intensified as time passed.
Generally, club members share an interest in folklore, mythology, history, and especially the occult. Most members are happy to indulge their interests with a book. A few, however, prefer more active engagement in their studies and use the club as a base for planning their excavations and explorations, whether they are journeying to the rugged American Southwest to take part in an archaeological dig or heading off into mysterious and exotic foreign jungles.
Like most Boston clubs, the Dorchester appoints membership by application. The individual must present his (or her) credentials and have a letter of recommendation from another club member. Unusually for what is considered a “gentleman’s club,” members of the the Dorchester have recently voted to allow women and people of color who are “of good standing” to join. The membership is predominantly American, though a few foreign candidates, judged especially worthy, have been admitted.
While the Dorchester application process is not as harsh or demanding as some clubs, the board of trustees takes pride in only offering membership to those it feels are “good eggs.” Exactly what this means in reality is anyone’s guess, although a good background and an interest in the esoteric and occult is usually necessary to merit consideration. While being of considerable financial means was once a trait necessary for membership, the club has out of an interest in promoting diverse ideas granted membership to those particularly competent in their chosen fields who fit all other criteria.