We are so excited to meet the famous author of Little Women!
One of America’s most prolific writers, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), the fiercely independent author of Little Women, was born to an unconventional family who were leaders in abolition, women’s suffrage, educational reform, child welfare, and much more. In 1868, Louisa wrote the now-classic Little Women in her family’s home, the Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, the heart of the “literary flowering” of New England.
Due to a “minor carriage accident,” 21st-century audiences have the opportunity to “meet” Louisa May Alcott through the living history portrayal by Orchard House Executive Director Jan Turnquist. We’ll explore important 19th-century issues such as suffrage, abolition, the Underground Railroad, and equal education. We’ll also hear about Louisa’s friendships with Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, how writing took her from “rags to riches,” and about the courage and determination of an unconventional woman and her unusual Victorian family.