Due to the impact of Winter Storm Finley, Orchard House will be closed on Tuesday, December 17th.
To find out more, 24/7, visit louisamayalcott.org and orchardhousedocumentary.org!
You've read the book ... You've seen the movie ... Now visit the place where it all began. The Home of Little Women -- and so much more! Regular Hours of Operation April - October: M - Sat 10:00 - 4:30; Sun 11:00 - 4:30 November - March: M - F 11:00 - 3:00, Sat 10:00 - 4:30; Sun 1:00 - 4:30 Closed: Easter; Thanksgiving; Christmas; December 4, 2019; December 5, 2019; December 31, January 1
Due to the impact of Winter Storm Finley, Orchard House will be closed on Tuesday, December 17th.
With some strong language (caution) and even stronger passion, Tracy Letts ("Mr Dashwood") lovingly explains why he respects Little Women, and why the men of the movie - and boys, men, and everyone everywhere - should, too.
“I’m so goddamn proud to be one of the men who support the women who made this movie," says star Tracy Letts.
This depicts the epitome of a labor of love ...
We are humbled and blessed to have been involved.
See for yourself. 12.25.19
No shortage of love went into the latest Little Women. In a new behind-the-scenes featurette, which EW can exclusively debut,…
Our halls are decked & the season is merry! “A Visit with St. Nicholas,” our Living History Program for this holiday season ✨on select weekend dates✨ opens tomorrow! Peruse our Facebook events and/or visit louisamayalcott.org for all the festive details!
Unfortunately, Orchard House will again be closed on Tuesday, December 3rd due to lingering effects of the storm. We also have pre-planned closures on Wednesday and Thursday, so hope visitors will come by on Friday and beyond.
(Reminder: Our Holiday Living History Program begins this weekend! For reservations, visit https://louisamayalcottsorchardhouse.ticketspice.com/holiday-2019-a-visit-with-st-nicholas-at-louisa-may-alcotts-orchard-house)
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Due to the impact of Winter Storm Ezekiel, Orchard House will be CLOSED on Monday, December 2nd
With joy and affection, we celebrate Louisa’s words that, “...genuine love is immortal.” Our love is endless for you, Louisa May & A. Bronson Alcott!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
On this day, in 1799, A. Bronson Alcott was born. In 1832, on this same day, his daughter, Louisa May Alcott was born! Louisa wrote that, "Surely dear father some good angel or elf dropped a talisman in your cradle that gave you force to walk thro life in quiet sunshine..." and of her own hopes to fight through her trials, "...& come out...queen of herself tho not of the world." We thank you, A. Bronson & Louisa May Alcott for your shining legacies of courage, perseverance, hopefulness, and love, as we commemorate your vast contributions to our world and extraordinary lives! Our hearts are full! Happy Birthday!
"They were poor in money, but rich in land and love, for the wide acres of wood, corn, and pasture land fed, warmed, and clothed the flock, while mutual patience, affection, and courage made the old farm-house a very happy home." Thank you for making Orchard House a very happy home around the year! We are so grateful for you. We share this passage from Louisa’s “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving,” and send our most loving wishes to you all! Happy Thanksgiving!
"There's no place like this home."
That's how the segment about Orchard House on PBS' "Open Studio with Jared Bowen" ended Friday night (with a kind mention of our website, too). We are busting our buttons with pride and joy not only over how well the piece turned out, but also about the entire experience of working with the phenomenal host and production staff! Many, many thanks to Jared, Rory, and the entire crew, as well as WGBH for this amazing opportunity! Watch the program (we are first up) at https://www.pbs.org/video/a-tour-of-the-alcott-house-actor-emilio-delgado-and-more-zqtomi/
A Tour of the Orchard House, Actor Emilio Delgado, and more
Huge shout out to the Boston Public Library for hosting a Little Women Tea Party this past Saturday afternoon! The event, which took place in the beautifully appointed Abbey Room, sold out within an hour of BPL posting it online (hence, our inability to advertise it!). The food was delicious, and new Little Women Orchard House Tea -- custom-blended by the famously fabulous Harney & Sons with our input -- debuted to unanimous approval as well. Even "Miss Alcott" was able to attend! Jan Turnquist (Orchard House Executive Director and world-renowned Alcott portrayer) actually did double-duty, doffing her 19th C. garb to transform back to herself and become the featured speaker of the afternoon. Guests were encouraged to dress in vintage tea party fashion, games were played, film clips viewed, and a good time was most definitely had by all. Check out the lovely photos taken by Patrick Halloran, and please -- thank a librarian the next chance you get! #BPL #harneyteas #littlewomenmovie #LouisaMayAlcott
Louisa May Alcott's service as a Civil War nurse may have been brief, but it was transformative in ways we may never fully comprehend. In Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, graves of veterans are honored by a marker and a flag. One of our own staffers has for many years helped to straighten these markers and proudly place flags in silent tribute to the sacrifice Miss Alcott and countless others made. Today, we are grateful anew for the courage and devotion of all our veterans, offer free admission to them for extended hours (until 4:30 pm), and give boundless thanks for their service.
We loved welcoming a group of students for “A Visit with the Alcotts” this morning! Guests stepped back in time for an interactive living history experience. We offer many special programs - visit louisamayalcott.org for details :)
Daylight Savings brought some frost onto our leaves, but the sun is out now and it's warm and cozy within Orchard House! We welcome you to spend time with us today -- particularly as this is the last "Museums on Us" day of the year for Bank of America, US Trust, and Merrill Lynch customers/employees, who receive free admission (their guests = 50 cents off) from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.
🎃A Happy Halloween from your friends at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House!
After sharing fun friendly frights during the Welcome to Our [Halloween] Home living history tour yesterday, "Mrs. Anna Alcott Pratt" (second from right) offers guests some treats and a take-home craft!
Don't be left out next year -- reserve your spot now for the October 24, 2020 special tour at https://louisamayalcottsorchardhouse.ticketspice.com/welcome-to-our-home-living-history-tour
We're deeply honored that Forbes recognized a visit to Orchard House as one of the five best ways to celebrate National Book Month!
(And although the "Welcome to Our Home" living history tours mentioned in the article are sold out for the rest of this year, online reservations are available for all 2020 dates, as well as for our annual Holiday Program this December, which is also presented through the magic of living history! Visit www.louisamayalcott.org for details.)
They may be posing in an airy lower Manhattan studio, but Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan have a way of…
On this International Day of the Girl, here are some wise words from Louisa May Alcott for females, young and old, about the power of being and doing:
“My sisters … the world is full of work, needing all the heads, hearts, and hands we can bring to do it. Never was there so splendid an opportunity for women to enjoy their liberty and prove that they deserve it by using it wisely. … Be true to yourselves; cherish whatever talent you possess, and in using it faithfully for the good of others, you will most assuredly find happiness for yourself, and make of life no failure, but a beautiful success.”
("Happy Women," The New York Ledger, 1868)
In 1848, Mrs. Alcott wrote that she felt she had been graced with "a cheerful heart for every duty, a quick wit for every emergency, and a brave heart for every labor" ... but she was also the one who later wrote, "A great revolution is coming. Women are to be preeminent in settling all [these] great moral questions now in agitation." May we all aspire to receive the same gifts -- and take our place in settling all great questions -- as we honor the woman whose birth anniversary is celebrated today!
The chill in the air this weekend has turned our thoughts a bit more toward the December holidays, so the House Elves are readying our wares, and even the Caretaker Cat loves our exclusive porcelain double-sided ornament! #christmaswontbechristmaswithoutanypresents
Come see and hear - and feel - for yourselves!
The Marches were loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's real family: suffragists, abolitionists, and passionate troublemakers
Happy October from Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House! On September 30th, 1868, Little Women was first published. With love and gratitude, here’s to this wonderful season!
Beautiful day for a 5K ... or even a 10K ...
We hope you'll join us.
Alcott Elementary School. 9:30 am Bib Pick-up & same day registration. 11 am Step-off.
Our Benefit 5K/10K is about so much more than fundraising ... Honorary Chair Uta Pippig -- three-time Boston and Berlin Marathon winner, two-time Olympian, and world-renowned fitness motivator -- shares her own run to freedom story and describes what it means to be involved with Orchard House, radiating the genuine warmth and enthusiasm that are the real hallmarks of our event. Please join us on 9.22.19 to meet Uta, enjoy the wonderful spirit that has sustained our event for 14 years, and get inspired to “take the magic step” wherever it may lead you.
Boundless thanks to Uta -- the World's Best Running Girl! -- and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Sam Krueger for making this video.
Pre-register for or donate to our Benefit 5K/10K at https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=11316
Up for some healthy moving and grooving, being with friends old and new, and just plain fun (with perhaps a medal or two thrown in for good measure)? Then our 14th Annual Benefit 5K/10K on Sunday, September 22nd will be your cup of tea!
You'll be in good company with Honorary Chair and marathoner extraordinaire Uta Pippig, "Louisa May" (aka Executive Director Jan Turnquist), and hundreds of others who want to help Orchard House continue to offer award-winning guided tours, unique educational programs, and "living history" special events, and engage in progressive preservation and sustainability efforts. Can't actively participate? Sponsorship of someone who will or an outright donation are of enormous help, too.
Held rain or shine, the event steps off at 11 am from Alcott Elementary School in Concord (bib pick-up/same day registration opens at 9:30 am). More details and pre-registration still available at https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=11316. (Sign up before September 21st to save time -- and $10!)
Our hearts are heavy as we reflect on what took place eighteen years ago today. We honor the memory of so many. Our thoughts are with you. We offer a renewed wish for peace, comfort, and love.
In for a busier Fall than usual ...
We. Can't. Wait.
The countdown is on:
📚out November 5!
🎥 out this Christmas!
Our 14th Annual 5K Walk and 5K/10K Run is coming up this September 22nd! Pre-register by 9/21 to save $10!! Visit louisamayalcott.org.
Our Walk/Run Honorary Chair, Uta Pippig - three-time Boston and Berlin Marathon winner, two-time Olympian, founder of Take The Magic Step, and more - will be at this event! We hope to see you at the Walk/Run! #joytorun #fallfoliage #september #louisamayalcottsorchardhouse #runners #walkers #love #run #fall #fun
Happy Labor Day! In Little Women, Louisa writes, "Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well." We wish you well with whatever today brings for you!
We are once again sharing this piece, written by our Director of Education, Lis Adams, from the Concord Historical Collaborative, "Louisa May Alcott and working women," in honor of the occasion. Hope you enjoy, and our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday. http://concord.wickedlocal.com/news/20160310/concord-historical-collaborative-louisa-may-alcott-and-working-women
Image shows a portion of the title page of “Work” (Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1873), a novel by Louisa May Alcott #LaborDay #LaborDay2019
From ten-year-old Louisa’s Journal, September 1, 1843: “I rose at five and had my bath. I love cold water! Then we had our singing-lesson with Mr. Lane. After breakfast I washed dishes, and ran on the hill till nine, and had some thoughts,–it was so beautiful up there...
We had bread and fruit for dinner. I read and walked and played till supper-time. We sung in the evening. As I went to bed the moon came up very brightly and looked at me.“ Happy September, everyone!
Some perspectives on Women's Equality Day --
As early as 1853, Abigail May Alcott petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about equal political rights for women, in part stating that, "Woman as wife, mother, daughter, and owner of property has important rights to be protected. The whole history of legislation, so unequal between the sexes, shows that she can not safely trust these to the other sex. ... It is never too early to begin the discussion of any desired change."
In 1867, A. Bronson Alcott wrote that "... woman is soon to have her place in the State with every right of the citizen. What Ideal Republics have fabled, ours is to be." Although Mr. Alcott demonstrated an unequivocal optimism when it came to female suffrage -- becoming one of the movement's staunchest supporters in Concord -- it would be another 13 years before daughter Louisa could cast her own ballot [in a School Committee election].
After voting for the first time on March 29, 1880, Louisa had much to write about the experience, in both private letters and public periodicals: "Town meeting. Twenty women there, and voted first, thanks to Father. Quiet time; no fuss." ... "No bolt fell on our audacious heads, no earthquake shook the town ... but the ice is broken, and I predict that next year our ranks will be fuller, for it is the first step that counts ..."
Sadly, her fellow female voters only dwindled over time, but like her parents, Louisa maintained a healthy resilience about the topic, writing in 1882 that, "... we shall not be disheartened, but keep stirring our bit of leaven, and wait, as housewives know how to do, for the fermentation which slowly but surely will take place, if our faith, hope, and charity are only strong, bright, and broad enough." It took 38 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, however. Hope, and keep busy, indeed.
Parting words on this subject may have best been written by Alcott biographer Madeleine Stern in 1978: "Woman suffrage had become 'this most vital question of the age,' and 'demanded active attention.' Louisa May Alcott gave it such attention. It becomes clear from a study of her feminist letters that her feminism was dynamic without being militant. It reflected the traditional attitudes of her family, although her own espousal -- clear and direct -- was never lost in 'transcendental mist.' Louisa Alcott's feminism was the feminism of a human being impatient with indifference, apathy, and intolerance. Neither humorless nor overly aggressive, hers was a firm and convincing advocacy that advanced a cause while it enriched a life."
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