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.

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!

 
 

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss your chance to see Mishler’s riveting performance as Henry Ford.

Spend an evening with Henry Ford, the industrialist who put America on wheels and simultaneously altered American society and culture! This is an unscripted historical improvisation that will foster insight into the complex and at times controversial automobile mogul.

Ford may have not been an easy man to get along with, but his actions made him impossible to ignore. Ford's obsession with the automobile made him tough, hard, and uncompromising, but produced results. In 1903, Ford established the Ford Motor Company and within five years he introduced the Model T to consumers. He became known for his inexpensive automobiles which were readily available to the masses and produced by skilled workers who earned steady wages. Simple to drive and cheap to repair, by 1918 half of all cars in America were Model Ts. Meet this never humble man who changed the world, and then hated the changes.

Over the last twenty years, Chautauqua scholar Doug Mishler has become nationally recognized for bringing "history to life." Mishler has a Ph.D. in American cultural history from the University of Nevada and when he is not on the road, he is either directing or acting in playing, or teaching American history.

A must attend for anyone interested in automobiles, history or social impacts that affects our lives to this very day.

Tickets are $15 • 100% tax deductible.
Zoom Presentation at 7:00pm
Please make sure to sign up for this event to receive the Zoom link!

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.

 
 

Please join us virtually for a rare opportunity to screen the award-winning short documentary Motorcycle Man and speak with the star and director.

Please note the screening and discussion will occur separately. Each registered participant will be given a code to screen the film up to 72 hours prior to the discussion.

Motorcycle Man is a short documentary about a man who has pursued a single passion in life: motorcycle racing. Dave Roper has raced every year since 1972, competing at racetracks around the world and winning a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

Roper is hardly an adrenaline addict. He takes a philosophical approach to racing, viewing it as a test of mental and physical abilities. As he enters his twilight years, Roper reflects on the unconventional path he has followed in life, the dangers he has faced and the choices he has made.

Motorcycle Man follows Roper from a workshop in Brooklyn to his home on Long Island to a racetrack in Canada. Along the way he encounters autograph-seeking admirers, old friends and fellow racers eager to test their skills on the track. It also delves into Roper's past, including his victory at the UK’s Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1984, when he became the first American ever to win the notoriously dangerous race.

Motorcycle Man celebrates the speed, sweat and thrill of motorcycle racing, while offering a meditation on craft, obsession and what it takes to pursue your dreams.

Daniel Lovering is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. He is the founder and creative director of Bagamor Media, a production company, and has worked as a cinematographer on independent documentaries and television series. His first feature-length documentary, “Through the Place,” won the Best Architecture Film award at the 2016 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Festival Director’s Award at the Queen City Film Festival in Cumberland, Maryland. An experienced journalist, Daniel has reported from more than a dozen countries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and Foreign Policy, among other publications. Daniel worked for eight years as a staff writer for The Associated Press in Asia and the United States, reporting on subjects ranging from business and politics to war and natural disasters. He began his career in film and television production, working as an intern on the children’s television series “Bill Nye, the Science Guy.”

AWARDS

WINNER - Best Short Film - Newburyport Documentary Film Festival 2019
WINNER - Best Short Documentary - MotoTematica - Rome Motorcycle Film Festival 2019
WINNER - Best Feature - Santa Cruz Moto Film Festival 2020
WINNER - Bronze Remi Award - WorldFest Houston International Film Festival 2019
Don’t miss your chance to participate in this exciting opportunity!

Tickets are $10 • 100% tax deductible.
Showing at 7:00pm
Please make sure to sign up for this event to receive the viewing code!

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.

 
 

Please join us virtually for a night centered around the legendary and at times infamous Ford Bronco. From the development process and details of the first trucks through the 1996 models, author of the new book Ford Bronco: A History of Ford’s Legendary 4 x 4, Todd Zuercher, will share technical details, rarely seen photos, and highlights of significant models along with the stories of those people whose lives have been intertwined with the Bronco for many years. This talk will have new information for everyone and will be a must-attend for longtime enthusiasts and new owners alike!

GIs returning after World War II created an entirely new automotive market niche when they bought surplus Jeeps and began exploring the rugged backcountry of the American West. This burgeoning market segment, which eventually became known as sport utility vehicles (SUVs), numbered about 40,000 units per year with offerings from Jeep, Scout, Toyota, and Land Rover. In 1966, Ford entered the fray with its Bronco, offering increased refinement, more power, and an innovative coil-spring front suspension. The Bronco caught on quickly and soon established a reputation as a solid backcountry performer. In Baja, the legendary accomplishments of racers such as Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, and Bill Stroppe further cemented the bobtail’s reputation for toughness.

Ford moved upstream with the introduction of the larger Bronco for 1978, witnessing a huge increase in sales for the second-generation trucks. The Twin Traction Beam front end was introduced in the third generation, and further refinements including more aerodynamic styling, greater luxury, and more powerful fuel-injected engines came on board in the generations that followed. Through it all, the Bronco retained its reputation as a tough, versatile, and comfortable rig, both on and off the paved road. With the reintroduction of the Bronco for 2020, Ford is producing a vehicle for a whole new generation of enthusiasts that looks to bring modern styling and performance to the market while building on the 30-year heritage of the first five generations of the Bronco so dearly loved by their owners.

 A Bronco enthusiast for nearly four decades, Todd Zuercher brings a wealth of accumulated knowledge, documentation, and research that details the history of these remarkable vehicles. Never one to sit idle, Zuercher’s ’69 Bronco now has over 360,000 miles on it, much of it accumulated exploring the rural environs of the American Southwest. Together with noted Stroppe expert Andrew Norton, he co-owns the Stroppe racing Bronco that Larry Minor and Rod Hall drove to the overall victory in the 1969 NORRA Mexican 1000.

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

Zoom Presentation at 7:00pm

Please make sure to sign up for this event to receive the Zoom link!

 
 

Go Like Hell tells the epic story also told in the film Ford vs. Ferrari.

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them.

Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done.