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 …

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Photo #3: Orchard House at Christmastime

The Orchard House is not complete without a good old Christmas photograph. This is the first photograph my camera and I ever took of The Orchard House and I happen to adore this on as well. The black and white silver film did it's "magic" as love to say - snowflakes on the wooden fence, …

Photo #2: Young Louisa re-enactment

Jennifer’s comments: Here she is, Louisa May Alcott re-enactment. The furnishings are all copies of what is found in The Orchard House today. The lace on dresses collar is from the 1860's. Hitchcock desk chair:  1830's; Secretary:  1830"s; Desk:  1840's; The staging room:  1740's; The book:  "Flowers and Fables" (1854); The model, a beautiful young …

A series of photographs based on Little Women

I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful local photographer, Jennifer Bernard, who has taken her love of Louisa May Alcott and translated it into a series of beautiful black and white photographs recreating scenes from Little Women. Over the next 4 days I will present a large representation of each photo with comments from …

The American Library Association Louisa May Alcott Project: A DVD and Book Start a Movement

In May of 1868, a publisher asked an author to write a book specifically targeted "for girls." His plan was twofold: to capitalize on this up-and-coming author's growing popularity, and to capture a corner of a brand new genre of children's literature. The author begrudgingly obliged, and ended up producing one of the best selling, …

Finally saw the 1994 film of Little Women

I suppose if I'm going to be so long in reading Little Women , I might as well be long in seeing the film too! My lovely husband, keenly aware of my interest, set the DVR to tape Little Women on the Oprah Winfrey Network so I could watch it (awfully nice, thanks Rich!). I …

First Report from the ALA Workshop on Louisa May Alcott: strictly from a fan’s perspective

Today was such an amazing day that I am asking you to please indulge me. I want to file two reports but the first one needs to be from a gushing fan; the more informative report will come later over the weekend. I started this blog with the express purpose of meeting other fans of …