Brookline Historical Society
Upcoming Event: The Annual Fall Program
The Dane Estate at Pine Manor College
Sunday, November 19th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Pine Manor College
Founders Room, Ferry Administration building
400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill.
The Dane Estate
photo courtesy Pine Manor College
The Dane estate was one of the large estates for which Brookline was famous in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the home of Helen Pratt Dane, one of the eight children of Rockefeller partner Charles Pratt, and Ernest Blaney Dane, a wealthy investor and president of the Brookline Trust Company.

Speaker Bert Dane, one of the grandsons, grew up on the estate until the family sold it to Pine Manor College. He has stories to tell!

The event will be hosted by the president, staff, and trustees of Pine Manor College at the Founders Room of the Ferry Administration building, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill.

Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Space will be limited. Please RSVP to or 617-566-5747.
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.
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