And I have been invited to attend! I will be able to take pictures and will take extensive notes so that you can ‘virtually’ go there too.
Harriet Reisen was kind enough to invite me to participate and I am very much looking forward to hearing from Daniel Shealy who helped to edit Louisa May Alcott’s journals and letters along with Joel Myerson and the late Madeleine Stern (The Journals of Louisa May Alcott, The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott). He has also compiled and edited Louisa’s and May Alcott Nieriker’s correspondences during their grand tour of Europe (Little Women Abroad) and published Alcott in Her Own Time as well.
Jan Turnquist, the director of the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association (aka Orchard House) will also be speaking.
Here is what appears on Harriet’s website:
Daniel Shealy, noted Alcott scholar, to Guide ALA Library Programmers
Professor Daniel Shealy of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will lead the thirty scholars advising librarians in the ALA Alcott programs in a discussion of the project themes, topics, and related reading at the national workshop in Boston on March 4. Dr. Shealy’s areas of expertise include 19th-century American literature, the American Transcendentalists and the Concord Authors, and children’s literature. An advisor to the Alcott documentary, he can be seen in extended interviews on this website at Extended Scholar Interviews.
This forum was put together for the different libraries which were extended grants by the ALA to present programs on Louisa May Alcott featuring Porter and Reisen’s DVD (Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women (DVD)), plus Reisen’s book (Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women).
All this takes place this Friday. I will be posting soon after. Should be very exciting!