Happy Birthday, Orchard House!

Today marks the official 100th birthday of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House as a museum. On May 17th, Carrie Hoyle (my maiden name, not sure if we're related), secretary of the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association sent a letter to John Alcott Pratt, son of Anna and adopted heir of Louisa, inviting him to Orchard …

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Promo film for Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House centennial celebration

The time is drawing near for Orchard House's Centennial! Here's a promo film they just released - lots of interesting pictures! Visit the Orchard House website for more information on centennial celebrations this spring. Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Send an email to louisamayalcottismypassion@gmail.com to subscribe, and never miss a post! Facebook …

The countdown begins! Orchard House celebrates its centennial

The official Louisa May Alcott website has started its own blog with updates on the Orchard House centennial. Here's their first installment detailing the history of the acquisition of Orchard House. This looks like a great blog and I suggest following it so that you won't miss a minute of the centennial celebration. There are …

What makes Orchard House such a compelling historical site?

Here's a great essay by Klara Stephanie Szlezák where she concludes that staging is critical to the success of an historical homestead. Kudos to Orchard House for the brilliance of its staging which so beautifully captures not just the era Louisa May Alcott lived in, but her home, her family and her classic, Little Women. …

More information about Orchard House’s centennial celebration

Here's an article from Boston.com about the upcoming celebration of Orchard House's 100th birthday as a moment to the Alcott family: By Sarah Thomas, Town Correspondent The Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association is celebrating its centennial anniversary, marking 100 years since the group formed to purchase and restore the beloved Concord author's home of Orchard …

Orchard House will soon be 100 years old

The Boston Globe’s “Globe West” section featured a front page article on Orchard House’s 100th year celebration (see the official Orchard House site for details). When Louisa May Alcott’s hyacinth bloomed pink one spring day in 1868, she considered the flower a “true prophet’’ of good things to come. That same day she received $100 …

ALA Alcott Programs to feature Daniel Shealy, Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter, and Jan Turnquist

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 …