Coming soon to an iTunes near you–Louisa May Alcott is Our Passion Podcast!

Interesting in hearing readings from Louisa May Alcott's works? Fascinated by the family letters? Want to hear about fascinating books regarding the Alcotts, both old and new? Do you want to learn more from leading Alcott scholars, authors and experts? How about a discussion among fans? How about Louisa herself? This and more will be …

Those unconventional Alcotts left behind quite the mark

The Alcotts were an atypical Victorian family to be sure. Along with rather unconventional philosophic and religious ideas as to how to live, the family did not subscribe to typical Victorian role models. Role reversal To begin with, Bronson’s refusal or inability to work to support his family necessitated that his wife Abba take on …

Inside the heart of Bronson Alcott

In the last post covering John Matteson's talk at the Colonial Inn I mentioned Bronson Alcott's Sonnets and Canzonets, published in 1882 and how they reveal the heart of the man. Each sonnet or canzonet is dedicated to his wife, daughters and many luminary friends such as Ralph Waldo  Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. …

Call for papers: Summer Conversational Series 2016 at Orchard House

From Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House: We are currently accepting proposals for our July 2016 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute, Finding Beauty in the Humblest Things: Louisa May Alcott’s Literary Vision.  Deadline for submission is February 15.  Please include, with your one-page proposal, your title and a brief bio, and submit to ladams@louisamayalcott.org and …

Louisa’s first letter in honor of her baby sister – original handwritten letter from the Houghton Library

I visited the Houghton Library in mid July and was greeted with the most wonderful surprise: Houghton is now granting permission to post the actual handwritten letters from the Alcott family! I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to share these letters with you! I have photographed probably over a hundred …

Summer Conversational Series taking place this week

The Summer Conversational Series is taking place all this week at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. The theme is "Heaven in the Mind:" The Spirit of Place in Transcendental Concord. I will be going to the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. I believe registration is still open--here is information on topics and who is presenting (scroll down a bit to …

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House needs your help!

Just yesterday I received this letter from Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House regarding their annual appeal. I present this letter to you. Please consider giving what you can to help preserve Orchard House from damage this winter: Dear Friend: Perhaps you've heard our recent great news: The "Kickstarter" campaign to fund the first-ever documentary about …

Share your love for Louisa May Alcott with everyone!

Check out this perk for supporting Orchard House with a membership: Now I can share my love of Louisa May Alcott with everyone! Here's how you can join and support Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Click to Tweet & Share: Share your love for Louisa May Alcott with everyone! http://wp.me/p125Rp-1Ex Are you passionate about Louisa May …

Answers to the Little Women quiz; information needed on a late 19th-century British version of Little Women

Results of True/False Quiz I see some of you tried the True/False quiz of what was real and what was made up in Little Women. No one got 100% but you were very close! Here are the answers: Hannah the servant FALSE - The Alcotts could not afford any servants in those days The Christmas …

Looking for new blogs and sites to visit? Here’s some that I can heartily recommend

It's been quite a while since I shared with you different blogs and webpages of interest. Lately I've come across several that I'd like to share with you: Light, Bright and Sparkling: This is author Diana Birchall's blog. She has a fascinating post with lots of pictures on Mark Twain's 70th birthday. Her grandmother is …