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.

 
SEP15

A MECHANIC KNOWS

HAVE ALL YOUR CAR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
With Foxy Auto Owner Sally Dawson
Thursday, September 15, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

Sally Dawson began working in her father's auto repair shop in 1997 at the age of 15. She spent many years there learning the tools of the trade and the ins and outs of the industry. In 2006, with the help of her sister Sheila, Foxy Auto was officially opened in North Reading. The business has been booming since then, and now there is a 3 week wait to get your car seen.

Join us for a fun and informative evening at the Museum with Sally. Learn what to look out for when dealing with repair shops. Bring all your car questions and have them answered by an honest and experienced mechanic, Sally Dawson.

The registration fee is a donation to the Museum of $10.
The fee is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we continue to fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to exploring the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

 
sep30

ITALIAN DESIGN: FASHION & CARS

With Chair of Fashion Design at Mass Art, Jennifer Varekamp
Friday, September 30, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

Jennifer Varekamp is a costume and clothing design who studied Fashion in Florence and Milan, Italy. She is Co-Founder of Sustainable Fashion Collaborative and Chair of Fashion Design at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Join us for a truly special evening at LAAM with Jennifer Varekamp and learn about the connection between Italian fashion and Italian car design. Get an overview of the history of Italian fashion from an expert in the field.

The registration fee is a donation to the Museum of $10.
The fee is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we continue to fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to exploring the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

 
OCT6

THROUGH THE LENS: MOTORSPORT PHOTOGRAPHY

With Automotive Photographer, David Saggio
Thursday, October 6, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

David Saggio an internationally recognized automotive photographer who works with collectors and restorers worldwide to capture the beauty and legacy of classic automobiles. Raised on a steady diet of Hot Wheels and the Indy 500, his creative aesthetic was shaped by the classic imagery in Road & Track, Car and Driver, and Formula magazines of the 70s.

During this talk he will present his favorite imagery and share how his combined love of automobiles, racing, and photography has resulted in a lifetime of memories and friendships. Previously featured on Cox Communications “Driven” and Mark Greene’s “Cars Yeah” podcast, his stories of the great marques, amazing people, and creative challenges will provide an inside look into what fuels an all-consuming obsession with motorcars and the resulting images that put you in the driver’s seat.

The registration fee is a donation to the Museum of $10.
The fee is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we continue to fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to exploring the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

 
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24 HOURS OF LEMONS

With Eric Rood
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

Jay Lamm and a small group of automotive journalists founded the 24 Hours of Lemons in October 2006 to inject some humor back into racing. The race which has been running for 16 years has hosted more than 275 races on 42 tracks, giving rookies a place to drive real (crappy) race cars on real (non-crappy) racetracks.

Eric Rood raced a Richard Nixon-themed Ford Escort in Lemons for a couple years, then jumped onto the 24 Hours of Lemons staff in 2012. Today, he shoots videos, schedules social media, and acts as a Justice on the Lemons Supreme Court at the track. He lives with his wife, daughter, dog, cat, and Volvo station wagon just outside Chicago.

The registration fee is a donation to the Museum of $10.
The fee is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we continue to fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to exploring the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

 
NOV8

THANKSGIVING TRADITIONS IN BOSTON

With Anthony Sammarco
Thursday, November 8, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

Noah Webster described Thanksgiving as "The act of rendering thanks or expressing gratitude for favors or mercies," and it has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789. Governors of Massachusetts would proclaim a local holiday of Thanksgiving, but it was Sarah J. Hale, the editor of Godey's Lady's Book, who promoted a national day of Thanksgiving. It was during the Civil War under the presidency of Abraham Lincoln that Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863.

Join us for a special talk on Thanksgiving Traditions in Boston with Anthony Sammarco. Referred to as the “Balzac of Boston History” by the Boston Globe, Anthony Mitchell Sammarco is a noted historian and author of over seventy books on the history and development of Boston. He has received the Bulfinch Award from the Doric Dames of the Massachusetts State House, the Washington Medal from Freedom Foundation, a lifetime achievement from both 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 local history.

The registration fee is a donation to the Museum of $10.
The fee is 100% tax deductible.

Every dollar received for these presentations helps to defray the cost of providing outstanding community programming. Please support the Larz Anderson Auto Museum as we continue to fulfill our mission to serve and educate.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to exploring the history of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

 
nov17

RESTORING A 1931 CORD L-29 CABRIOLET

With Ken Clark of Ken's Classics
Thursday, November 17, 2022
In Person • Doors open at 6:30
Presentation starts at 7pm
 

In 1929 the magnificent L-29 Cord was built and introduced to the world. Hear the amazing story of how Ken Clark restored this car to showroom condition. Ken Clark the owner of Ken’s Classics is an expert at restoring vintage cars. His shop located in Maine, is known across the country.