Sign up now for next week’s Summer Conversational Series – theme is “Learning’s Altar” – The Rise of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in Concord and Beyond

My thanks to the Barrow Bookstore for this announcement:   The Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House Summer Adult Education series is returning this week! July 10-14, 2022.   Started in 1879 as the dream of Bronson Alcott, the best conversation series brings speakers from around this world. This year’s presenters will include Dr. Kristina West, …

My presentation on the life of Louisa May Alcott

I am pleased to present this 54 minute video presentation on my interpretation of the life of Louisa May Alcott, as told through her family.  As there would be no Jo March as we know her without Marmee, Mr. March, Meg, Beth, and Amy, there would be no Louisa May Alcott without Bronson, Abigail, Anna, …

Join me for a Zoom presentation on the life of Louisa May Alcott tonight, March 16.

I am giving my talk tonight, March 16, on the life of Louisa May Alcott at the Kutztown Community Library in PA from 6:30 to 7:30 EST via Zoom. You can register by sending an email to kutztownlibrary@gmail.com Visit https://www.berkslibraries.org/events/3391 for more information. Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email …

Louisa May Alcott: Master Juggler

As a writer, army nurse, single mother, caretaker and homemaker, the celebrated author of Little Women blazed a trail for women managing home and career. When people hear the name of Louisa May Alcott, they think of Little Women. A novel written for girls, this best-selling classic celebrates the home, marriage and motherhood. It also …

Join me for a talk and PowerPoint presentation on the life of Louisa May Alcott

Join me via Zoom on Tuesday, December 14 from 7-8 pm EST for a talk and PowerPoint presentation on the life of Louisa May Alcott, sponsored by the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan for their month-long "An Alcott Christmas" program. Here are the Zoom details: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83171753821...Meeting ID: 831 7175 3821Passcode: …

How Birthdays Defined the Life of Louisa May Alcott

In honor of Louisa's 189th and Bronson's 222nd birthdays, I am pleased to present this article on how birthdays defined Louisa's life. And you can bet her father had much to do with it! "November 29th, 2021 marks the 189th birthday of Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. In a remarkable coincidence, Louisa …

Bronson Alcott’s Fruitlands, as seen in Discover Concord Magazine

I invite you to read my latest article in the Winter edition of Discover Concord Magazine: https://discoverconcordma.com/winter-2020-issue             Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's books, Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated …

What attracted Abigail May to Bronson Alcott? Beginning a book club discussion of “Marmee and Louisa” by Eve LaPlante

I am pleased to announce that we will be doing a book discussion in the coming weeks on Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and her Mother by Eve LaPlante. Each Thursday I will do a post on one chapter of the book, giving a brief reflection and offering discussion questions. …

The Palace Beautiful: The Little Women trail #5

This is a wonderful tour of the places where Jo March and family members dwelled through the real-life Alcott family members. My thanks to the “Much Ado about Little Women” blog.

Much ado about Little Women

By Trix Wilkins

There is something intriguing about the history of a home – who designed it and why, what accomplishments occurred under its refuge, who might have met within its walls and what precious moments might have consequently transpired? This trail follows the homes from the life of Louisa May Alcott that appear to make cameo appearances in Little Women – from their humble homes in Concord to the Hancock family manor in Boston.

The March sisters’ plays: Hillside House (now known as The Wayside)

“In a suburb of the city…an old brown house, looking rather bare and shabby, robbed in of the vines that in summer covered its walls, and the flowers which then surrounded it.”

According to Louisa’s teacher, Henry David Thoreau, Hillside was haunted by one of its previous owners. Despite this, Louisa spent happy early teenage years here and it became one of the homes…

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Call for proposals for 2017 Summer Conversational Series

“Noble Companions and Immortal Labors”*: The Alcotts, Thoreaus, and the Quest for Social Justice Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House SUMMER CONVERSATIONAL SERIES Sunday, July 16 – Thursday, July 20, 2017 Transcendental neighbors and thinkers Amos Bronson Alcott and Henry David Thoreau shared ideals and hopes for changing society.  Ever interested in improving the world to …

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