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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Members Only: Philadelphia’s Exclusive Sports Clubs

Uncover the history of Philadelphia’s sports clubs, then explore a century-old Racquet Club located in the heart of Rittenhouse.

Join us for a lively discussion about the social history of sports clubs in Philadelphia. Historian Dr. Anne E. Krulikowski will link the history of spaces like racquet clubs to country clubs and guide us through the rise, fall, and renewed interest in sports clubs, tracing their popularity to economic highs and lows of the region along with the growing diversity of its members.

This event will take place at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Incorporated in 1889, the 130-year-old club constructed their current building in 1907 in the Georgian Revival style. The building boasted the first above-ground swimming pool in the city, and today is listed on the national register of historic places. Following Dr. Krulikowski’s talk, small groups will tour the upper floors while drinks and light snacks will be served on the main floor.

About Dr. Anne E. Krulikowski

Dr. Krulikowski earned her Ph.D in American History from the University of Delaware, with a focus in material culture and historic preservation. She also has M.A.s in American History and British & American literature from Villanova University. She worked for five years at Rockwood Museum, a Victorian house in Wilmington, Delaware, where her responsibilities included overseeing house and school tours and developing public programs and special tours for children and adults. She has served on the Board of the Friends of Rockwood and contributed to several re-interpretive projects of kitchen spaces and domestic technology and labor.


  • This event is 21 and over.
  • Beer and wine will be for sale after the lecture.


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