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The Travelogues of Isabel Anderson
March 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Although she is perhaps known most widely today as a children’s author, former Brookline resident Isabel Anderson published ten travelogues between 1914 and 1936. Isabel, and her husband Larz, were among many wealthy world travelers of their time, but the Andersons position in diplomatic circles gave them access to people and places unavailable to many other travel writers. Isabel Anderson’s travelogues still make interesting reading today and remain available in a number of libraries. Her books provide valuable details on travel in the Anderson’s era and cultural perceptions of Americans of the time, as well vivid interpretations of the history, folklore, and geography of the many countries they visited over the course of their lives.
Valerie Sallis served as the archivist for the Society of the Cincinnati from 2011 until 2015. During that time, she enjoyed working with the letters, journals, and other primary sources from the Andersons that were available at the Society’s library, which is located in the Anderson’s former winter home in Washington, DC. Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Brookline and Jamaica Plain Historical Societies. The event is being held at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum which houses the Andersons magnificent automobile collection (the oldest in the country). Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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