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.

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum has a rich history as the epicenter of celebrating automotive excellence in the Boston area. Its halls are often graced with stunning classic and vintage automobiles from various decades. These vehicles highlight where the passion of the automobile has taken us in the past century, but what of the decades to come?

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On November 16, 1916, C.W. Tuthill and Percy Scull started on an epic adventure driving a 1917 Maxwell Touring Car from the East Coast to the West Coast and back. C.W. Tuthill, a salesman for Maxwell Motor Corporation in Newark, New Jersey planned this drive to demonstrate the reliability of the Maxwell, even in the brutal winter. Armed with gas, oil, and tires provided by Texaco and Firestone in return for advertising, the two men embarked from Newark on the 16th. Ten days and sixteen hours later, the men completed their transcontinental journey in Los Angeles, setting a national record. Their journey was even commemorated in 1997 with a Texaco Die Cast Bank of the Maxwell, celebrating Texaco’s 80 years in racing.

Decades later, Rich and Doug Bassemir discovered their grandfather C.W. Tuthill’s seldom discussed voyage. Eager to follow in their grandfather’s footsteps, the brothers purchased a 1917 Maxwell and planned the same cross country adventure. 100 years to the day after their grandfather’s departure, Rich and Doug left Newark, New Jersey en route to Los Angeles. Their journey is forever remembered in the book Chasing Grandpa, by Richard Tuthill Bassemir.

Come listen to Rich and Doug Bassemir’s incredible tale of their recreation of their grandfather’s inspiring adventure! Discover the process, complications, and learn if they beat their grandfather’s record! Register Now!

Larz and Isabel Anderson began their love affair with the automobile before the turn of the century. In 1899, soon after they married, they purchased an 1899 Winton Runabout, a true horseless carriage. From 1899 to 1948, the Andersons purchased at least thirty-two new motorcars, thus creating “America’s Oldest Car Collection.”

On this special evening, former curator of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Evan P. Ide, will give a presentation on this spectacular collection. Ide is currently a Senior Motorcar Specialist at Bonhams Auction House. He has authored several books including Packard Motor Car Company and Larz Anderson Park, and was a contributing author of The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles. He also currently serves as an advisor to several major museum collections around the world. A long-time champion of the preservation of original cars, he co-founded the Preserving the Automobile Auction with Rupert Banner, held at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.

In addition, he is also an award-winning restorer whose works have gone on to Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and other concours events. His fleet of vintage vehicles includes a 1920 ReVere-Duesenberg Tourer, a 1927 Lancia Lambda, and a 1930 Stutz Blackhawk Roadster. As an active motoring enthusiast, Ide participates in a number of tours and rallies every year including the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Register Now!

On Tuesday, November 13th, noted Boston historian Anthony Sammarco returns to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum for a talk on Jordan Marsh, New England’s Largest Store!

Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened their first store selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved from Pearl Street to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street between Summer and Avon Streets where in its new five story building, designed by Bradlee, Winslow & Wetherell, they unveiled the novel concept of "department shopping" under one roof.

From the late 19th century onward, Jordan Marsh offered goods such as clothing, furniture, children’s toys and a plethora of other goods that attracted shoppers six days a week. The store offered personal service, with the adage that the customer is always right, easy credit, art exhibitions, and musical performances. It soon became a treasured part of life for shoppers who went to town, especially during the holiday season with The Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas. By 1951 Jordan Marsh had expanded to the suburbs with its first store at Shopper’s World in Framingham and by the 1970’s it was the largest chain in New England.

Many people mourned when Jordan Marsh was sold, and the Macy's name went up on Jordan Marsh stores in 1995. Come hear about its fascinating history as Boston’s first department store by the author of Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Department Store, Anthony Sammarco.

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!