Upcoming presentation on the Alcott connection in Swampscott and Lynn, Massachusetts

From Metaphysics & Christian Science to “Little Women:”
The Alcott Family’s Connections with Swampscott & Lynn
Presented by Susan Bailey

Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm
Swampscott Public Library

61 Burrill St., Swampscott, MA 01907

Between 1839 and 1876, Swampscott and Lynn hosted members of Louisa May Alcott’s family. Progressive educator, reformer and philosopher Bronson Alcott lectured in Lynn and came into contact with notable locals Mary Gove Nichols, woman’s rights and health reform advocate, and Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. In 1854 youngest daughter Abbie May (“Amy” from Little Women) vacationed for a month at King’s Beach. Three years later Mrs. Alcott returned with the ailing Elizabeth (“Beth”) providing the setting and inspiration for Jo and Beth’s poignant sojourn to the seashore in Little Women. I will share fascinating details about these visits including interactions with local citizens, drawing from family correspondences and journals as well as town records.

Email me or call (781) 596-8867 for more information.

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4 Replies to “Upcoming presentation on the Alcott connection in Swampscott and Lynn, Massachusetts”

  1. Thanks for the info Susan,I am a swampscott girl and I am interested in this event.I can remember them journeying to Swampscott when Lizzie was ill and for respit and it did fascinate me.Also,Carolyn Dall was from Lynn I believe.

    1. Cool! Tell me more about Caroline Dall and her connection to Swampscott and I can include it in my presentation. I know that Louisa had Caroline read Moods and Caroline loved it.

  2. Sounds great. We’re the Breeds a local family?

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    On Mar 14, 2018 3:02 AM, “Louisa May Alcott is My Passion” wrote:

    susanwbailey posted: “From Metaphysics & Christian Science to “Little Women:” The Alcott Family’s Connections with Swampscott & Lynn Presented by Susan Bailey Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm Swampscott Public Library 61 Burrill St., Swampscott, MA 01907 Between 183”

    1. Yes, the Breeds along with the Newhalls and Phillips were very prominent families in Lynn. Allen Breed (nee Bread) was one of Lynn’s first residents, settling in 1630. The Breed family is so well organized that I have been able to trace myself all the way back to Allen Bread.

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