Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone the forthcoming Community History Series talks, Edmund March Wheelwright and Selling Cars to Women, for the safety of our presenters, audience, and staff. We understand that many of you were looking forward to attending these talks, but our main priority at this moment is the health and safety of our community members. We will plan to reschedule for a later date.

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.


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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.