The Community 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

September 21, 2017: Motormouth – A Vehicle of Human Experience; Grassroots Racing: From Dream to Reality
If you are passionate about cars, you have probably fantasized about what it takes to race. The dream seems insurmountable, but there is a grassroots race series where all you need are some able mechanics and a $500 clunker, and you can take to the track. It’s called the 24 Hours of LeMons – a play on the annual 24 Hours of LeMans race, and lemon cars.

Come follow the journey of the Park Bench Racing team, who turned their totaled 2001 Buick Regal into an award-winning race car in a handful of weekends. Members of the team will speak, along with Justin Tilton, who has raced in just about every grassroots series you could imagine. Stick around after for a Q & A with the drivers and team! Read bios here. Register Now! Tickets: $15 for Museum Members | $20 for Non-Members

October 12, 2017: “The Devil’s Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler’s Limousine in America” with Robert Klara
In 1938, Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. A machine of frightening power and sinister beauty, the Grosser 770K Model 150 Offener Tourenwagen was twenty feet long, seven feet wide, and tipped the scales at five tons. Its supercharged 230 horsepower engine propelled the beast to speeds of more than 100 mph while its occupants reclined on glove-leather seats stuffed with goose down. Armored plated and equipped with hidden compartments for Luger pistols, the 770K was a sumptuous monster with a monstrous patron: Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Listen as author Robert Klara uncovers the forgotten story of how Americans responded to these rolling relics of fascism on their soil. The limousines made headlines, drew crowds, made fortunes, and ruined lives. Not many weeks pass before a visitor to the Museum mentions their personal interaction with this particular beast. Do you remember it from years past? Come and learn the sordid relationship between a 770K and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Read Robert Klara’s bio here. Register Now! Tickets: $15 for Museum Members | $20 for Non-Members

October 19, 2017: Cities of Art: The Installations and Sculptures of Janet Echelman with Janet Echelman
Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. Based out of her Brookline studio, she creates billowing sculptures at the scale of buildings which are choreographed by wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in, with each incredible sculpture telling a different tale. Her work has been suspended over Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., and across the world in cities such as Singapore, Madrid, and Amsterdam.
Come listen to Brookline artist Janet Echelman describe her motivation, inspiration, and process behind her magnificent sculptures!
Read Janet Echelman’s bio here. Register Now! Tickets: $10 per person

November 9, 2017: An Evening with Megan Melvin
Join Meghan Melvin, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to explore the MFA’s rapidly expanding collection of transportation design drawings, and to learn more about the 19th-century origins of the Museum’s current design initiative. Meghan Melvin’s bio here. Register Now! Tickets: $15 for Museum Members | $20 for Non-Members

November 30, 2017: “Preservation and Restoration of Vintage Automotive Leather and Upholstery” with Jonathan Chase
To reupholster your car’s interior with new leather or preserve your existing hides? Which way to go, and why? Jonathan Chase is the Owner of Skin & Bones restoration shop in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Three of his restoration projects have gone on to display at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Register Now! Tickets: $15 for Museum Members | $20 for Non-Members