Kernwood Country Club: A Brief History

May 7, 2017 Boston Free
(Courtesy Photo)
(Courtesy Photo)

Please join the Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for a reception welcoming members of the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore and the general public. Jim New, Kernwood Country Club Historian-in-Residence, will give a special presentation, “Kernwood Country Club: A Brief History” and share stories about the Club’s origin and evolution. A light kosher breakfast will be provided.

More than a century ago, Filenes’ executive Louis Kirstein, like many other prominent businessmen from Greater Boston, was fascinated with the growing leisure phenomenon of golf. A number of exclusive clubs embraced the sport, and the wealthy were eager to get into the swing. But Kirstein and a group of friends found the doors to those clubs locked tight, for one simple reason: They were Jewish. The area’s most storied clubs, including The Country Club in Brookline (established in 1882), Myopia Hunt & Polo Club in Hamilton (1882), Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea (1893), and the Salem Country Club (1895), had restrictive membership policies. Their discrimination led to the establishment of the first Jewish country club in greater Boston and one of the most enduring institutions on the North Shore. Kernwood Country Club in Salem celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. Longtime Kernwood member and Secretary Jim New will share stories about the Club’s origin and evolution.

In partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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