Brookline Historical Society

Brookline Historical Society The Brookline Historical Society is a non-profit community organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Brookline's diverse history.
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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.

As Brookline, in 2024, works toward a more clean energy future, here's a look at an energy transition of 100 years ago a...
02/11/2024

As Brookline, in 2024, works toward a more clean energy future, here's a look at an energy transition of 100 years ago as it played out in town.

Brookline in 2024 is a leader in moving away from fossil fuels. See, for example, the town's Sustainable Buildings page , its Electrify Broo...

Take-out food in Brookline 100 years ago:
01/27/2024

Take-out food in Brookline 100 years ago:

Brookline Chronicle , October 16, 1920 (Click image for larger view) Most restaurants today offer take-out as well as dine-in options. That'...

This Thursday's program at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon, February 10th. Det...
01/17/2024

This Thursday's program at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon, February 10th. Details to come.

Mary Wild dedicated herself to raising six children in her home along the current Weybridge Road. Meanwhile, nearby on L...
01/13/2024

Mary Wild dedicated herself to raising six children in her home along the current Weybridge Road. Meanwhile, nearby on Linden Street, a teenage Adeline Faxon experienced her own unique journey. Both of their homes remain standing today. The Brookline Historical Society has painstakingly transcribed and annotated the diaries of these women, providing captivating insights into the tapestry of life and society in Brookline during the 1850s.

There were many differences then, as there are now, between a teenage girl and a woman running a family and a household. One thing they had in common is that both were avid readers who documented what they were reading. Join Ken Liss at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum for a look at the books they read and what they tell us about mid-19th century literature and two people who made it a part of their lives.

Tickets are $15 and support the non-profit Auto Museum. https://laam.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/laam/eventRegistration.jsp?event=4897&

Did you know that the Brookline Animal Hospital, now in a new location on Boylston Street, has been taking care of local...
01/04/2024

Did you know that the Brookline Animal Hospital, now in a new location on Boylston Street, has been taking care of local animals for more than a century? Read more about its history at

An early advertisement for what is now the VCA Brookline Animal Hospital You might say 2023 went to the dogs in Brookline. And the cats and ...

One year of This Week in Brookline History (TWIBH)
12/31/2023

One year of This Week in Brookline History (TWIBH)

December 31, 2023 - January 1, 2024One year of This Week in Brookline History (TWIBH)This brings to an end my weekly postings of This Week in Brookline History. I have more stories of Brookline's past to tell, just not enough to keep doing four stories a week.

Walking Tour: 165 Years of Shopping in Coolidge CornerThis fall's series of free Sunday walking tours from the Brookline...
09/14/2023

Walking Tour: 165 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner
This fall's series of free Sunday walking tours from the Brookline Historical Society kicks off September 24th with a journey back to the initial development of the Coolidge Corner business district and a glimpse of local shopping in the early decades of the 20th Century. Sign up and join me for this or any of the five tours at http://brooklinehistoricalsociety.org/ (Shown: Coolidge & Brother General Store, corner of Harvard and Beacon Streets, 1887)

165 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner, Walking Tour, Sunday, May 14thThe first of my annual spring Brookline history ...
05/05/2023

165 Years of Shopping in Coolidge Corner, Walking Tour, Sunday, May 14th
The first of my annual spring Brookline history walking tours takes place on Sunday, May 14th, from 9-10 am. The full schedule of tours will be posted shortly. All tours are free, but registration is required.
- Ken Liss, Brookline Historical Society
https://coolidgecorner051423.eventbrite.com

Journey back to the origin the Coolidge Corner retail district and a glimpse of local shopping in the early decades of the 20th century

400 Years of Innovation in 45 MinutesMarch 5th, 2 pm, at Brookline Public LibraryScott Kirsner and Rober Krim, co-founde...
02/26/2023

400 Years of Innovation in 45 Minutes
March 5th, 2 pm, at Brookline Public Library
Scott Kirsner and Rober Krim, co-founders of the Innovation Trail, will describe the ways that Boston, from the 1600s forward, created an ideal petri dish for inventors and innovators. The program will be followed by a walking tour of innovations born in Brookline, led by Brookline Historical Society president Ken Liss. Details at http://brooklinehistoricalsociety.org/

Introducing "This Week in Brookline History"This Week in Brookline History (TWIBH) is a new blog and email feed being in...
12/27/2022

Introducing "This Week in Brookline History"
This Week in Brookline History (TWIBH) is a new blog and email feed being introduced for 2023. Once a week, TWIBH will present brief summaries of four events that occurred in the past on that week's dates.

To receive these weekly TWIBH posts by email, go to https://bit.ly/brooklinehistory and submit your name and email address via the form. (You can use the same form to subscribe to the more sporadic posts from my Muddy River Musings blog, if you are not already subscribed.)

The first edition, covering the week of January 1st to January 7th, is posted online. https://twibh.blogspot.com

I can't say how well the trains ran back then, but this timetable/map from 1908 (including two Brookline routes) is quit...
12/25/2022

I can't say how well the trains ran back then, but this timetable/map from 1908 (including two Brookline routes) is quite something.

Sundays in October. Free walking tours: Coolidge Corner; Beaconsfield Terraces; Brookline Village; Blake Park. Details a...
09/23/2022

Sundays in October. Free walking tours: Coolidge Corner; Beaconsfield Terraces; Brookline Village; Blake Park. Details and registration links at http://brooklinehistoricalsociety.org/

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347 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
02446

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