A Puritan Hero

Here’s one of those fascinating stories about Orchard House to be featured in the upcoming documentary by someone who should know (pssst! 5 days to go on the Kickstarter campaign – help Orchard House meet its goal: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/632439913/orchard-house
Amy’s book, Flight of the Sparrow is wonderful (see previous post); be sure and pick it up on Amazon.com.

Collisions

Orchard House snowAbout a decade ago, I worked for a few years at the Orchard House Museum in Concord, Massachusetts.  Best known as the home of Louisa May Alcott and the place where she wrote the classic novel, Little Women, the house has an impressive history of its own.  When I was there the 300-year-old building, renovated by Bronson Alcott in the 1850’s, was in the midst of a massive preservation project, so I had the opportunity to see, up-close, some of the details of the colonial construction.  Ever since, I’ve been fascinated not just by how historical houses are decorated, but how they’re constructed.

At that time, I was finishing work on my novel, Mr. Emerson’s Wife, about the Transcendental circle in19th century Concord.  Little did I know that a few years later, I’d encounter the house again, as I researched a 17th-century Concord lawyer for my new novel,

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Part four of 4-part interview: Meet filmmaker and producer Justin King and hear his passion for Orchard House

In part three of this interview about Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, we meet the documentary's producer and filmmaker, Justin King. Hear his motivation for making this film: I wish to thank WCOM-FM for granting permission to rebroadcast this interview. It originally aired on October 1st on the "Courage Cocktail" hosted by Lee Anne McClymont. Host Lee Ann McClymont …

Part three of 4-part interview: Jan Turnquist recounts a fascinating story of a pilgrimage to Orchard House

In part three of this interview about Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Executive Director Jan Turnquist shares a poignant story of a pilgrim visiting Orchard House from the other side of the world and how Little Women impacted this visitor: I wish to thank WCOM-FM for granting permission to rebroadcast this interview. It originally aired …

Part two of 4-part interview: Jan Turnquist talks about Bronson’s education and the support Louisa received from her parents

In part two of this interview about Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Executive Director Jan Turnquist reveals how Bronson Alcott received his education and how important his love of learning was to Louisa's development as a writer: I wish to thank WCOM-FM for granting permission to rebroadcast this interview. It originally aired on October 1st …

Beginning today: 4-part interview with the movers and shakers of the Orchard House documentary and Kickstarter fundraising campaign

As you know, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House has been promoting a Kickstarter Campaign to raise $150,000 to fund a documentary film on this extraordinary house museum (click on the photo to make your pledge). Those of us who have visited Orchard House know that it is far more than a museum; it is a …

Remembering Louisa May Alcott through your pledge #PledgeYourLove

Over the next five days I will be posting video and audio featuring remembrances of Louisa May Alcott and her home, the Orchard House. You may know that Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House is in the middle of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $150,000 to fund a documentary film about the …

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard house to Launch Kickstarter Campaign in September for Documentary Film

From the official press release: (Concord, MA) This fall will be a busy one in Concord at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Orchard House is most noted for being home to the talented Alcott family, and as the place where Louisa May Alcott wrote andset her beloved classic novel, Little Women. But, the house is …

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