History

While spring’s soft breezes fill the air with breath of early flowers, we gather here with happy hearts ‘neath this new roof of ours. We dedicate this noble hall to all that makes life dear, dance, music, mirth and friendly talk beside our hearth stones cheer.

May each New Year within these walls bring blessings without end. Good fellowship reign in our hearts as friend clasps hand with friend. As above the sheltering eaves our elm spreads toward the sky, so may the hopes and aims we hold far reaching be, and high.

June 6, 1907 – Kenilworthian Anne Higginson Spicer

1891The Kenilworth Club was formed. Joseph Sears enlisted James A. Culbertson (who would become the first village president) to raise capital and propose the club’s mission.
1896

The Kenilworth Boat Club merged with the Kenilworth Club
The Kenilworth Club builds The Kenilworth Golf Club – between Sheridan Road and what is now Leicester Rd.
Raised funds to hold the First Annual Kenilworth Memorial Day Parade

1897Raised funds to hold a Fourth of July celebration
1901The Kenilworth Club proposed building the Kenilworth Assembly Hall
1906More than 70 Kenilworthians signed an agreement to fund and build the Kenilworth Assembly Hall. Joseph Sears donated the land on Kenilworth Ave and asked George W. Maher to design a building worthy of Kenilworth
1907Began sponsoring social programs including: card parties, dramatic entertainment, stereopticon lectures, dances, musicals, and smokers
1909Began sponsoring Christmas parties for children
1919Donated $2,000 for beach improvements
1920Leased the Kenilworth Assembly Hall Building for $1/year.
1921The Kenilworth Club raised money to ensure the Kenilworth Assembly Hall was debt-free. The ownership and management of the Kenilworth Assembly Hall was turned over to the Kenilworth Club.
The Kenilworth Club hosts the first Field Days for the children of Kenilworth.
1922The Kenilworth Club funded a lifeguard at the beach and money to support the planning commission
1926The Kenilworth Club host the first Field Days for the men of Kenilworth
1928The Kenilworth Club donated $1,500 to equip the beach house and provide lockers for the Culbertson gymnasium at Kenilworth Union Church.
1932Resident subscription program for the building ended
1935Paul Kelly, Bill Sears and Raymond Wiese organized the Kenilworth Club Men’s Bowling League. The KCMBL is one of the oldest bowling leagues in the country. The teams are the Abingdons, Roslyns, Raleighs, Kents, Sterlings, Tudors, Warwicks, Leicesters, Oxfords and Glendennings.
1939The Kenilworth Club is a founding member of the Kenilworth Citizen’s Advisory Committee
1940+Kenilworth Club programming expands to include: a New Year’s Eve Ball, Halloween Parties, Lobster Grills, Bingo, Spring Cook Outs, Dinner Theatre, Family Picnics, Cocktail Parties, Dinner and Bridge, Live Murder Mysteries, Mother/Daughter Dinners, Father/Son Dinners, Square Dancing, Cultural Fairs, Dance Instruction, Monto Carlo Casino Nights, Amateur Variety Acts, St. Patrick Day Parties and more…
2016The Kenilworth Club donated the Kenilworth Assembly Hall to the Kenilworth Park District.

The Kenilworth Club was here before “The Building”

Kenilworth Club historical buildings