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

 
 

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.