Founded in 1905, The Symposium first met met at Frederick H. Clark’s studio, and later on, at the Old Barracks. It was the practice of the group to gather at 8 PM, hold a short business meeting and then discuss the topic of the evening. At about 10 PM (and often later), they would adjourn for a light supper or collation, usually prepared by the lady of the house and her staff. The dues were $10 per year (roughly $185 in 2005 dollars). There were fourteen founding members of The Symposium. The Constitution authorized a membership of 17, all of whom must be residents of Mercer County.

On Thursday, October 19, 1905, a special meeting was held to hear a proposal for the admission of new members. Mr. William Clark, Col. Washington A. Roebling, John Campbell, Judge Alfred Reed and Governor Edward C. Stokes all were proposed for membership. It was noted that adding six new members would violate the constitutional limit on membership. However, in December, 1905 (at the club’s 8th regular meeting), Col. Washington A. Roebling, President of John A. Roebling’s Son’s Co., became the first member added to the original founding fourteen.

Upcoming Events

Nothing from October 4, 2022 to November 4, 2022.

Recent Meetings

Managing the Trenton Farmers Market with Chris Cirkus, November 30, 2020

As we continue to meet remotely thanks to COVID19, it was indeed good to gather again to catch up and to learn. Looking forward to returning to in-person meetings with more tasty lunches, sometime in 2021. We began our meeting with business, approving the minutes from the October gathering and hearing that there would be …

African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, with John Harmon, Oct 26, 2020

This was our second meeting since shutting down for COVID in March 2020.  The remote gathering shortened the meetings by eliminating the pleasant lunches we had so enjoyed at Blooming Grove Inn.  Because our guest had an afternoon engagement elsewhere, we held the regular symposium business until after the presentation.  Shan introduced Mr. Harmon, who …