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!

 
 

Join us virtually on Thursday, February 11, 2021 for a lesson on the Art and Science of the Online Automobile Auction with knowledgeable Specialist, Angus Dykman. Every business has had to adapt during the pandemic and auction houses are no different. This talk will focus on the shift to an online automobile sales platform and how it is different from and similar to live sales, what kinds of questions people should ask when contemplating buying cars online, and the general state of the market. If you’re interested in the car market or are thinking of buying or selling, this night is for you!

Angus Dykman is a Specialist at the world renowned auction house, Gooding & Company. He has a passion for automobiles, motorcycles and racing that has been in his family for several generations, dating all the way back to his great grandfather’s dirt track motorcycle racing in the 1910s as well as his father’s racing history. Dykman got his first motorcycle, a Honda Z50, when he was just seven years old. When he was a teenager, he became involved in radio-controlled car racing and was even a nationally-sponsored driver for a large chassis manufacturer and was invited to compete in South Africa at the World Championships. After college, he worked as the sales manager for several established classic car dealerships in New York before starting his own company. He has been at Gooding now for five years and his specialty is post-war European sports cars and motorcycles, although he loves all modes of transportation.

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

Zoom Presentation at 7:00pm

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When Samuel Stillman Pierce opened his store in 1831 at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets in downtown Boston, he vowed "I may not make money for the next five years, but I shall make a reputation." Pierce went on to become well known as the purveyor of fancy goods and potent libations to Victorian Bostonians as well as providing provisions to the ships that sailed from Boston Harbor.

Bartering with ship captains, often exchanging his provisions for the delicacies that were brought to Boston from faraway ports, his renowned store catered to the carriage trade and the company he founded would be run by four generations of the Pierce Family in its immensely successful operations. With its own coat of arms adorning a distinctive red label on canned goods with the motto “Puritas et Cura,” and the largest line of privately packed fancy foods in the world, S.S. Pierce & Company sold its wide assortment of delicacies not only at eight New England stores of its own but also through distributors across the United States and worldwide by mail order.

In his upcoming book S.S. Pierce: A Boston Tradition, Anthony M. Sammarco will recount the memories of the past and brings together the shared tradition of how Bostonians reveled in the gourmet foods, fine wines, and potent libations of a once stalwart business. After a century and a half, S.S. Pierce & Company was sold in 1967 to Laird Corporation and since 1986 has been a part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

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.

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

Zoom Presentation at 7:00pm

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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
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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

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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.

Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.

A.J. Baime is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental President, The Arsenal of Democracy, Dewey Defeats Truman, and Go Like Hell. Baime writes the weekly car column "My Ride" in the Wall Street Journal and previously covered motorsport and the car industry for the WSJ. He has also written for the NY Times, Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

We encourage you to read the book before-hand so we can create a well-rounded discussion with the author! Please submit any question or discussion topic you’d like to talk about with the author to education@larzanderson.org prior to March 31.

Support a local Brookline business, Brookline Booksmith, by purchasing the book below. The book is also available at many local bookstores.

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!