COMMUNITY SPEAKERS SERIES

L arz 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

Though these are free community events,
online registration in advance guarantees your admittance.
Make sure to reserve your ticket before
it’s sold out!

 
 

Due to overwhelming response and pre-registrations for this event,
we have reached capacity of our building.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist,
please send an email to education@larzanderson.org.

Stay tuned for more chocolate themed events!
Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, let’s join together for a night uniquely designed for chocolate lovers on February 12 with noted Boston historian Anthony Sammarco. We’ll enjoy samples of local chocolate delectables and listen to the history of the famed Baker Chocolate Company of Dorchester – America’s Oldest Chocolate Manufacturer.

In 1765, Dr. James Baker of Dorchester stumbled upon Irishman John Hannon crying on the banks of the mighty Neponset River. Hannon, though penniless, possessed the rare skills required to create chocolate, a delicacy exclusive to Europe, and Baker, with pockets bursting, wished to make a name for himself. Using a mill powered by the same river upon which they met, the duo built America's oldest and most beloved manufacturer of this rich treat. Local historian Anthony Sammarco details the delicious saga of Massachusetts's Baker Chocolate Company, from Hannon's mysterious disappearance and the famed La Belle Chocolatiere advertising campaign to cacao bean smuggling sparked by Revolutionary War blockades. Both bitter and sweet, this tale is sure to tickle your taste buds.

Sammarco has taught at The Urban College of Boston since 1997, where his courses led to him being named Educator of the Year. He also teaches Boston History at the Boston University Metropolitan College. He has received the Bulfinch Award from the Doric Dames of the Massachusetts State House and the Washington Medal from Freedom Foundation and a lifetime achievement from the Victorian Society and the Gibson House Museum and was named Dorchester town historian by Raymond L. Flynn, mayor of Boston, for his work in history. He was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is a member of the Boston Author's Club, a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum and the St. Botolph Club in Boston. Register Now!

This is a free community event. Suggested donation of $10.
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm

Books will be available for purchase for $20. Cash or checks only.


 
 
 

In August of 2018, a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ crushed all previous auction records for an American car, selling for a staggering price of $22,000,000. But what made this Duesenberg so special in the current market, and how was this price determined?

Join us on Thursday, March 14 for a lesson on The Art and Science of the Automobile Auction with knowledgeable Specialist, Angus Dykman, where we will dive into all aspects of the automobile auction. Topics such as the history of classic car auctions, important results in the annals of auction history, where the market is going, how to buy and sell a car at auction, and a glimpse into the thought-provoking concept of “auction psychology” will be covered in this thrilling tale of automobile auctions. If you’ve ever been to a car auction before, or are thinking of buying or selling, this night is for you!

Angus Dykman is a Specialist at the world renowned auction house, Gooding & Company. He has a passion for automobiles, motorcycles and racing that has been in his family for several generations, dating all the way back to his great grandfather’s dirt track motorcycle racing in the 1910s as well as his father’s racing history. Dykman got his first motorcycle, a Honda Z50, when he was just seven years old. When he was a teenager, he became involved in radio-controlled car racing and was even a nationally-sponsored driver for a large chassis manufacturer and was invited to compete in South Africa at the World Championships. After college, he worked as the sales manager for several established classic car dealerships in New York before starting his own company. He has been at Gooding now for three years and his specialty is post-war European sports cars and motorcycles, although he loves all modes of transportation.

This is a free community event. Suggested donation of $10.
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm

Books will be available for purchase for $20. Cash or checks only.


 
 
 

You may have seen local Massachusetts’ resident Rich Benoit on his YouTube channel, Rich Rebuilds that has over 400,000 subscribers and millions of views, where he chronicles his endeavors in repairing and transforming electric vehicles. Rich is taking the world by storm as the “Dr. Frankenstein of Teslas.” His most infamous project was successfully rebuilding a flooded Tesla Model S with parts from a second totaled Tesla, for a grand total of $6,500, making what he considers the world’s cheapest Tesla.

While Massachusetts has the country’s only Right to Repair law, meaning that auto manufacturers are required to provide the same information to independent repair shops as they do for dealer shops, Tesla falls outside the definition of a traditional dealership and even discourages individuals from repairing their own vehicles. Benoit and others like him are forced to salvage parts from junkyards, flood, fire damaged, and totaled cars.

“It definitely goes against Tesla’s mission statement, but if there’s any issue with one of their Teslas and only they can fix it and no one else can, it sits in a field for years. How is that sustainable?” Benoit told Motherboard. Benoit is seeking to make a change and even hopes to continue to educate the public on electric vehicles and open his own repair shop for the Tesla community.

Do you agree with Rich Benoit? Should there be a change in policy or should car manufacturers be allowed to keep their intellectual property under wraps? Join us for a night of rousing discussion and a chance to learn more about Rich’s astonishing adventures!

To Watch His Interview with Motherboard, click here.
To Learn More about the World’s Cheapest Tesla, click here.