The club was founded by a group of journalists in 1872. Its summer camp has hosted old money (William Randolph Hearst and the Rockefellers were noted members) and former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. J. Robert Oppenheimer first discussed the Manhattan Project during the July event.
Membership at the men’s-only club costs about $25,000 a year and features a two-week retreat to the Redwoods in Sonoma County at the infamous and guarded Bohemian Grove. The 2,700-acre Bohemian Grove property is close to the Russian River near the hamlet Monte Rio. Members are treated to sacred rites, plays, pageantry and lectures from interest groups, and the event ends with the burning of an effigy in front of a giant owl.