Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Event: The Annual Spring Program
The Travelogues of Isabel Anderson
A joint program with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society

2-4 PM Sunday, March 22, 2015
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton Street, Brookline
Larz Anderson House
Isabel and Larz Anderson
courtesy, Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Isabel Weld Anderson, by some estimates, was the wealthiest female in the United States by the age of five. At twenty, on a grand tour of Europe, she fell in love with a wealthy American diplomat at our embassy in Rome. A year later they were married. When not traveling or at diplomatic posts in Europe and Japan the couple divided their time between their mansions in the District of Columbia, Contookville, New Hampshire, and Brookline. They died, he in 1936 and she in 1948, childless.

The Brookline and Jamaica Plain legacy of Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson and Larz Anderson lives on in Larz Anderson Park, the Auto Museum, the bonsai collection at the Arnold Arboretum, and the many books that Isabel wrote for children, for historians, and for those interested in vivid writing about the World: history, culture, folklore, and geography.

The Andersons' position in diplomatic circles gave Isabel access to people and places unavailable to many other travel writers. Her books provide valuable details on the years from 1914 to 1936 and cultural perceptions of Americans during that era.

Our speaker, Valerie Sallis, served as the archivist at the Anderson mansion in Washington, D.C. Join us for a scintillating trip through the Isabel Anderson travelogues!

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Welcome to the Brookline Historical Society
The Brookline Historical Society is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history. The society's headquarters are located in the heart of Coolidge Corner at the Edward Devotion House, one of Brookline's oldest colonial period structures. The Society also maintains the circa 1780 Widow Harris House as well as the Putterham School located in Larz Anderson Park. Our membership program is active and volunteers are welcome.
Brookline Village, Harvard Sq.

We invite you to browse our growing online collection of over 350 historic photos, postcards, atlases and more.
Virtual Walking Tour
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Brookline's rich history can now take a virtual walking tour of the town via our new online map. The map presents pictures and descriptions (with links for more information) about homes, commercial buildings, churches and synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and other parts of the town.

Most of the sites marked on the map are in Brookline Village, Coolidge Corner, Longwood, and the area around the First Parish Church and the old Village Green. Other sites and other areas of Brookline are being added, helping to bring to light stories behind familiar and not-so-familiar places in town.
President Ken Liss Blogs on Brookline Past & Present
Brookline High School, Class of 1898
They were 14 friends 12 young women and 2 young men who went to school together in Brookline more than a century ago. Their class (all but one graduated from Brookline High in 1898) was one of the first to attend the new high school that opened on Greenough Street in 1893. ... full blog at