Important discovery of previously unpublished photos of Anna Alcott Pratt and John Bridge Pratt

Read the Boston Globe story about this discovery, first revealed on this blog. I am thrilled to be able to reveal, for the first time, previously unknown photos of Anna Alcott Pratt and John Bridge Pratt to you. Approached by local researcher I was recently contacted by Ray Angelo, an amateur botanist and former resident …

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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 …

Three-part series on Bronson Alcott at Fruitlands Museum: genius or crackpot?

Last Wednesday I attended the first of three lectures on Bronson Alcott at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, presented by Helen Batchelder, a local scholar. Fruitlands in the dark I have never been to Fruitlands before in the dark and it was disconcerting to see the lights over the mountains, reminding me it was …

Elizabeth’s form of genius; Beth’s power in Little Women (guest post by Kristi Martin)

Warning: this is a long post but I believe, well worth the time. I was so fascinated when I first heard the presentation at the Summer Conversational Series that I opted not to take notes and just enjoy it!) At the recent Summer Conversational Series, Kristi Marti (tour guide de force; she has been a …

Do Louisa May Alcott’s didactic tales of fantasy have a place in children’s reading today?

Last December I had the opportunity to tour Orchard House during the Christmas season (see previous post, “A lovely holiday visit to Orchard House, capped off by some great finds!”). The theme of the period decorations was Louisa May Alcott’s “first born,” Flower Fables. To properly prepare for the tour, I decided to read this …

Channeling a little Thoreau, a little John Denver while gardening

Memorial Day weekend means getting all our gardens into shape.  I've got more of a black thumb than green (meaning I've killed the vast majority of things I've planted :-)) but there are some plants I can keep alive! I decided to rely on the tried and true this year so that my gardens will …

Torn between two lovers

So what's a girl to do? Louisa May Alcott is my passion but so are spring birds! Two weeks out of the year, the spring migrants come through my area. I am fortunate to live in what's known as a "fly zone" where all sorts of colorful birds with lovely songs spend a few days …