The Community History Speakers Series


Larz and Isabel Anderson made various provisions to ensure that their beautiful estate in Brookline would be a resource and benefit to the surrounding community. In addition to hosting dignitaries, the Andersons used their home as a cultural center, hosting plays for children of the town, dog shows, birthday parties, charity functions, and ice skating on the pond in the winter, as well as playing host to informal lawn gatherings of likeminded early automobile enthusiasts, at the dawn of the motor age. Decades after their passing, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum continues the Anderson’s enduring legacy by opening our doors to the public for our Community History Speakers Series. Designed to create a community-wide conversation about history in our area, the topics range from architecture, textiles, American history in Brookline, and of course, the Andersons themselves.
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm for all events.

Upcoming Events

March 23, 2017: The History of Slavery and Freedom in Brookline
Barbara Brown, Director of Outreach at the African Studies Center at Boston University, Chair of the Hidden Brookline Committee. Free Community Event. Suggested donation, $10. Register now!

The Adventurous Life of Isabel Anderson
Emily Schulz Parsons, the Deputy Director and Curator at The Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, Washington, DC. Free Community Event. Suggested donation, $10. Date TBA.

Past Events

November 17, 2016: The Distinctive Gowns of Isabel Anderson: Restoration and Preservation
Katherine Hill Winters is the Museum Programs and Collections Associate at the Society of the Cincinnati, at Anderson House in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Art History from George Mason University and a Master of Arts degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. There, her studies focused on costume and textile history and theory, curatorial services, exhibition planning and conservation. She has worked in the museum field since 1999 and her extensive experience includes positions with Dumbarton Oaks, the Brooklyn Museum and Atlanta History Center. She also currently serves as Costume Society of America’s National Social Media Chair and Treasurer of the Thomas Lee Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

December 15, 2016: The Architecture of Charles A. Platt
Keith Morgan, Professor of Art History at Boston University, author of The Art and Architecture of Charles A. Platt.
Free Community Event. Suggested donation, $10.

February 16, 2017: A Night with Henry Ford
A One Man Chautauqua Performance by Doug Mishler.
$25 per person.