The Bohemian Club is a private men's club founded in 1872 by journalists who wished to promote a fraternal connection between young men who enjoyed the arts. As the club's prestige and popularity increased the membership criteria changed to include artists and musicians and finally businessmen and entrepreneurs. The club also offers temporary membership to university professors and military commanders. Today the Bohemian Club has a very diverse membership including former United States Presidents, global leaders and corporate CEOs.
The Bohemian clubhouse is located at 624 Taylor Street in San Francisco, CA and the club also owns a 2,700 acre of property in Monte Rio, CA called the Bohemian Grove. The Bohemian Grove lies adjacent to the Russian River and is a very private venue as is the clubhouse in San Francisco. Although the club was founded by free spirited, young journalists the current club members are part of America's elite society.