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.
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