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. .

A nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the disappeared buildings and places of Boston in all their grandeur

Since the 1870s, Boston has lost numerous landmarks, including schools, churches, theaters, grand mansions, dockyards, racetracks, factories, and more. This talk will explore the history of some of these much-loved institutions that failed to stand the test of time, along with old-fashioned hotels and sports facilities that were beyond updating or refurbishment. We invite you to come explore Boston’s history and its great losses including the Molasses Tank, Cyclorama, Readville Trotting Park and Race Track, East Boston Airport, Boston Latin School, East Boston Ferries, Braves Field, Massachusetts State Prison, and more!

Referred to as the “Balzac of Boston History” by the “Boston Globe,” Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston, and he lectures widely on the history and development of his native city. He commenced writing in 1995, and his books Lost Boston, The History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon, and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History have made the bestsellers list.

Mr. Sammarco is employed at Boston based Payne Bouchier.

He 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. Books will be available for sale. This is a free community event. Suggested donation of $10 Register Now!

Come join us to take in this intriguing story with an enthusiastic bunch of motorheads! It'll be so much better that way!

Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli is the focus of this compelling and insightful portrait of his dramatic and colorful life. Divided into five parts, this film chronicles the story of the world-renowned head of FIAT Automobiles--his childhood, his revitalization of FIAT in the 1980s, his love of automobiles, and the emotional and physical challenges that crippled Agnelli prior to his death in 2003. This compelling portrait features intimate interviews with nearly 40 family members, friends, professional confidantes and rivals, detailing the story of the legendary Italian industrialist and playboy. View teaser This is a free community event. Register Now!

Presented by:
Eric Haartz, CEO of the Haartz Corporation
Matt Williams, Director of New Business Development Exterior of the Haartz Corporation
Doug Haartz, International Sales Manager, Customer Service Manager of the Haartz Corporation

Made in Massachusetts, used around the world! From Ruxton Roadster to Rolls Royce.

Come join Eric Haartz, Matt Williams, and Doug Haartz for a talk on the company’s century-plus development of canvas tops. With European roots dating back to 1897 as Rode & Schwalenberg, the Massachusetts based company has been a leading supplier of fabric automotive tops since 1907. From then to now, this talk will follow advancements and changes in materials. Learn more about these little known, widely used durable and stylish canvas tops. Family owned company since 1922! This is a free community event. Suggested donation of $10. Register Now!

Born in Norwich, CT, in 1867, sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt spent most of his adult life in Jamaica Plain with his wife, sculptor, Helen and their four children. Their house at 10 Burr Street was the center of their lives and a refuge for his myriad hobbies like the cello, archery and bicycling. Hear about Bela’s early life and training and the couples work together portraying prominent Boston leaders in bronze and ornamenting important buildings with monumental sculpture.

Our speaker, Vivian Zoë, is Director/curator of the Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT. The exhibition, Bela Lyon Pratt: Sculptor of Monument, curated by Zoë and produced in 2017 by the Slater Museum included works loaned from all over the country.

This event is co-sponsored with the Brookline Historical Society and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. It is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Register Now!