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!

Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation Starts at 7:00pm
for all events unless stated.

 
feb6

Ghosts & Shadows:

Commonwealth Avenue’s Automobile Row!
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation Starts at 7:00pm
 

From Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner, Commonwealth Avenue in Boston and Brookline was lined with grand auto showrooms for much of the 20th century. Join Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss for an exploration of the history of Automobile Row and the remnants left behind, many of them hidden in plain sight.

Ken Liss has been president of the Brookline Historical Society since 2009. He is a librarian at Boston University where the Charles River Campus encompasses many of the former Auto Row buildings.

This is a free community event. Suggested donation of $10.

Although this is a free community event, online registration in advance guarantees your admittance. Make sure to reserve your ticket before it’s sold out!

 
 

Exploring twentieth-century car advertising, this talk considers the primary themes that advertisers hoped would appeal to women. Throughout, car manufacturers & advertisers asserted that women’s car buying was unique and gendered. With remarkable consistency, advertisers implored women to buy cars for different reasons than men, and only occasionally promised handbags that matched the upholstery or matching lipstick.

Katherine Parkin is Professor of History and the Jules Plangere Jr. Chair in American Social History at Monmouth University in New Jersey (US). She is the author of Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) and Food is Love: Food Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), each of which won the Emily Toth Award for best book in women’s studies and popular culture. She is also the author of more than a dozen articles and book chapters. Her teaching and research interests include the history of women and gender, sexuality, and advertising and consumerism. She has been interviewed by the Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, WICN’s Mark Lynch in Worcester, NPR’s Bob Edwards on Sirius-XM, and WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane in Philadelphia.

This is a free community event.

Suggested donation of $10.
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation at 7:00pm

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS RECORDINGS OF OUR EVENTS HERE.

 
SEP19

A History of Howard Johnson's

How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm | Presentation Starts at 7:00pm
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