Welcome to the world of
Special Events

at
Louisa May Alcott’s
Orchard House ~
"
Home of Little Women"

Since enrollment in programs
is limited, most require reservations and pre-payment,

which is accepted in cash, by check
(made payable to Orchard House),
or with VISA/MC/AMEX/Discover

 

 

 

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Program Reservations may be made in person at Orchard House during regular hours of operation, by mail to P.O. Box 343, Concord, MA; by phone to (978) 369-4118 x106; or via fax with credit card only to (978) 369-1367.

For further information on any program offered, please contact the Director of Education weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (978) 369-4118 x106.

To receive regular notice of upcoming events and “Friends of the Alcotts” discounts, please consider a Membership

News of Note:   A link to news and announcements about Orchard House

and its supporters


To see a record of past events at Orchard House,
 please go to
"Aunt Jo's Events Scrap~Bag"

 

JANUARY 2013 at Orchard House

Orchard House will be closed January 1 - 2, 2013

We will re-open on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

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FEBRUARY 2013 at Orchard House

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS  (Deadline:  15 March 2013)

The 2013 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute
Sunday - Friday, July 14 - 18

"Chaos, Cosmos, and the Oversoul" --

The Influence of Transcendentalist Philosophy

on the Life and Writings of Louisa May Alcott

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches -- an account of her experiences as a nurse during the American Civil War and an important work that paved the way to her eminent success with Little Women several years later -- this year’s Summer Conversational Series will explore her role as an emerging “literary lion” among the distinguished group of Concord’s Transcendentalist writers.  Miss Alcott’s admiration and respect for the men and women whose radical ideas helped shape future philosophical thought is contrasted with her practical personal philosophy and hands-on approach to the world around her. 

 

In an 1873 letter to a Mr. Wiley, who desired to enroll his son at “Plumfield,” Miss Alcott advised that, “when father gets his Socratic Seminary started here we shall be at no loss where to direct anxious parents … and when it is underway the whole West is cordially invited to come & discuss chaos, cosmos & the Oversoul.”  Alcott’s regard for her father’s educational ideas prompted her to immortalize them in her fiction, and yet she herself was, like her mother, a down-to-earth, practical philosopher, gathering seemingly ordinary life occurrences into story after story to secure her family’s future.

 

Miss Alcott’s relationships with notables such as the Thoreaus, Emersons, and Hawthornes and their influence on her life and writings will be examined through thoughtful presentations by respected scholars and lively discussion among all participants.


Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

please submit a one-page proposal to ladams@louisamayalcott.org

and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 15 March 2013

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

~ Details forthcoming after April 1st ~

Professional Development Points are awarded to Massachusetts teachers

See details of last year’s Series

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Tuesday - Friday, February 19 - 22          1:00 - 2:00 p.m. daily

FEBRUARY FAMILY FUN WEEK
“Welcome to Our Home” Living History Tours


Suitable for all ages!  Ideal for families!
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times; play a 19th-century game and sing period songs in the Parlor; participate in a treasure hunt -- all while learning about this extraordinary New England family!

Adults - $12.00; Seniors/ Students - $10.00;
  Youths
(6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years) - $4.00
  Family Rate
(2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00
(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)

Space is limited to 15 participants; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, February 23          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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MARCH 2013 at Orchard House

 

Friday, March 15 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE

The 2013 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute
Sunday - Friday, July 14 - 18

"Chaos, Cosmos, and the Oversoul" --

The Influence of Transcendentalist Philosophy

on the Life and Writings of Louisa May Alcott

On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches -- an account of her experiences as a nurse during the American Civil War and an important work that paved the way to her eminent success with Little Women several years later -- this year’s Summer Conversational Series will explore her role as an emerging “literary lion” among the distinguished group of Concord’s Transcendentalist writers.  Miss Alcott’s admiration and respect for the men and women whose radical ideas helped shape future philosophical thought is contrasted with her practical personal philosophy and hands-on approach to the world around her. 

 

In an 1873 letter to a Mr. Wiley, who desired to enroll his son at “Plumfield,” Miss Alcott advised that, “when father gets his Socratic Seminary started here we shall be at no loss where to direct anxious parents … and when it is underway the whole West is cordially invited to come & discuss chaos, cosmos & the Oversoul.”  Alcott’s regard for her father’s educational ideas prompted her to immortalize them in her fiction, and yet she herself was, like her mother, a down-to-earth, practical philosopher, gathering seemingly ordinary life occurrences into story after story to secure her family’s future.

 

Miss Alcott’s relationships with notables such as the Thoreaus, Emersons, and Hawthornes and their influence on her life and writings will be examined through thoughtful presentations by respected scholars and lively discussion among all participants.


Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

please submit a one-page proposal to ladams@louisamayalcott.org

and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 15 March 2013

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

~ Details forthcoming after April 1st ~

Professional Development Points are awarded to Massachusetts teachers

See details of last year’s Series

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Saturday, March 23          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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APRIL 2013 at Orchard House

Tuesday - Friday, April 16 - 19          9:00 - 11:00 a.m. daily

Plumfield Fun Week!

for Youths ages 8 - 12

Join us for a week of fun during April school vacation!

Try your hand at activities popular with Louisa May Alcott and her sisters.  Our trained staff will help you act, write, make a craft, and draw just like the Alcott girls -- the real-life models for “Meg,” “Jo,” “Beth,” and “Amy”!


Cost: $100 for the week or $30 per day

(Members, $80 & $24 respectively)


Space is limited!  Pre-registration & pre-payment required; please phone 978.369.4118 x106

Plumfield Fun Week daily details …

Tuesday, April 16th
“ Meg”/Anna Day -
Theater
See where the Alcott girls performed “theatricals” for friends and family! Rehearse a skit based on a scene from Little Women, play theater games, and improve your acting skills!


Wednesday, April 17th
“ Jo”/Louisa Day -
Writing
Practice writing in the very room where Louisa May Alcott penned the bestseller, Little Women! Have fun putting together a skit, story, or poem -- just like Jo March -- and illustrate your work to take home!


Thursday, April 18th
“ Beth”/Lizzie Day -
Crafts & Games
Make a clothespin doll to keep or give away as a gift. You’ll see a doll that the real-life Lizzie made for one of her neighbor friends, play with old-fashioned toys, dolls, and games, and put on an original puppet show!


Friday, April 19th
“ Amy”/May Day -
Art
Try an art experiment using your “third eye,” just as Amy March may have done! Make your own copy of original artwork done by the real-life May Alcott, play art-centered games, and illustrate scenes from your favorite books!

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Tuesday - Friday, April 16 - 19           1:00 - 2:00 p.m. daily

APRIL VACATION FAMILY FUN WEEK
“Welcome to Our Home” Living History Tours


Suitable for all ages!  Ideal for families!
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times; play a 19th-century game and sing period songs in the Parlor; participate in a treasure hunt -- all while learning about this extraordinary New England family!

Adults - $12.00; Seniors/ Students - $10.00;
  Youths
(6 - 17 years) - $8.00; Children (2 - 6 years) - $4.00
  Family Rate
(2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00
(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)

Space is limited to 15 participants; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested.
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations.

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Saturday, April 20          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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MAY 2013 at Orchard House

Saturday, May 4          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rain date:  Sunday, May 5


“Spruce Up for Spring”
Gardens & Grounds Clean-Up for Volunteers of all ages!

Come for all or part of the day to help keep
Orchard House looking great on the outside!

Seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches, weeding, and possibly some planting.  Gloves, gardening tools, or tarps are helpful to bring, but not required.

Lunch, snacks, and beverages provided

(please let us know if you can

contribute healthy refreshments).


RSVP to 978.369.4118 x104 by May 3rd

Community Service credit given to

High School students and Boy/Girl Scouts!

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Saturday, May 25          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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JUNE 2013 at Orchard House

Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

Saturday, June 22          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Sunday, June 23          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Free Family Fun Time!
Enjoy Victorian games and outdoor activities with costumed interpreters (weather permitting). 
Suitable for all ages and abilities; no reservations required.

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JULY 2013 at Orchard House

Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

Sunday, July 7          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Free Family Fun Time!
Enjoy Victorian games and outdoor activities with costumed interpreters (weather permitting). 
Suitable for all ages and abilities; no reservations required.

 

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Tuesday, July 9          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver.  Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.

Cost:  $15 per Adult/Child Grouping;
$7.50 for each additional Adult or Child

(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Wednesday, July 10          9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


"A Morning with the Alcotts"

Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts!  Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly.  An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!

Cost:  $18 per person  (Members - $15)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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The 2013 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute


Sunday - Thursday, July 14 - 18

"Chaos, Cosmos, and

the Oversoul"

The Influence of Transcendental Philosophy on the Life and Writing

of Louisa May Alcott

Read Biographies of our Distinguished Presenters

View the Daily Schedule                    Download a Registration Form

On the 15oth anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches -- an account of her experiences as a nurse during the American Civil War and an important work that paved the way to her eminent success with Little Women several years later -- this year’s Summer Conversational Series will explore her role as an emerging “literary lion” among the distinguished group of Concord’s Transcendentalist writers.  Miss Alcott’s admiration and respect for the men and women whose radical ideas helped shape future philosophical thought is contrasted with her practical personal philosophy and hands-on approach to the world around her. 

 

In an 1873 letter to a Mr. Wiley, who desired to enroll his son at “Plumfield,” Miss Alcott advised that, “when father gets his Socratic Seminary started here we shall be at no loss where to direct anxious parents … and when it is underway the whole West is cordially invited to come & discuss chaos, cosmos & the Oversoul.”  Alcott’s regard for her father’s educational ideas prompted her to immortalize them in her fiction, and yet she herself was, like her mother, a down-to-earth, practical philosopher, gathering seemingly ordinary life occurrences into story after story to secure her family’s future.

 

Miss Alcott’s relationships with notables such as the Thoreaus, Emersons, and Hawthornes and their influence on her life and writings will be examined through thoughtful presentations by respected scholars and lively discussion among all participants.

 

For more information or to reserve your place in this year's Series,

please phone 978.369.4118 x106 or download a Registration Form

*** Please note the change of venue for Sunday's Opening Session: ***

First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord

Click for map/directions

Our Distinguished Presenters ...

KYOKO AMANO - University of Indianapolis


KATHERINE BUTLER - Arts & Entertainment Writer

CATHLIN DAVIS - California State University-Stanislaus

GABRIELLE DONNELLY - Journalist/Author

ANNE-LAURE FRANÇOIS - Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

JASON GIANNETTI - Dean College

JAYNE GORDON - Massachusetts Historical Society

KATHLEEN HARSY - Riverside-Brookfield High School (Illinois)

STEFANIE JOCHMAN - Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (Wisconsin)


EVE LaPLANTE - Author

KRISTI LYNN MARTIN - Boston University Graduate Program

JOHN MATTESON - Pulitzer Prize Winner/John Jay College

ASAKO MOTOHKA - Hiroshima University

TOM POTTER - Photographer

ERIC SAWYER - Amherst College/Composer

 

Read Biographies of our Distinguished Presenters

View the Daily Schedule                    Download a Registration Form

Professional Development Points awarded to
Massachusetts educators participating in the Teacher Institute

What people are saying about the Series ...

“Simply put for me, it’s three days in Heaven. …

Spending time with people who love Louisa May Alcott’s works as much as I do is

an event and experience I plan to attend whenever schedules will permit me to. ”

“This has been a wonderful and enriching week!

The presentations built on one another and each day was exhilarating.”

“The depth of knowledge of the Presenters coupled with

the opportunity to ask questions keeps me coming back.”

“Informative; thought-provoking.”

“It is always a pleasure to be a part of The School of Philosophy.
Thank you so much for carrying on Bronson Alcott’s vision.”

“I continue to learn from Louisa May Alcott.

Great literary experience -- lovely setting -- reasonable cost … ”


We are once again delighted to partner with The Thoreau Society in co-hosting
the concluding session of their Annual Gathering and the opening session of
our Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute at the

First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road in Concord (change of venue).

We also gratefully acknowledge the following Concord businesses who have

generously donated goods and/or services for this year's Series:

Budget Printing of Concord - 81 Thoreau Street

Concord Teacakes - 59 Commonwealth Avenue (West Concord)

Crosby's Marketplace - 211 Sudbury Road

Debra's Natural Gourmet - 98 Commonwealth Avenue (West Concord)

Sally Ann Food Shop - 73 Main Street (Concord)


See details of last year’s Series

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Sunday, July 21          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Free Family Fun Time!
Enjoy Victorian games and outdoor activities with costumed interpreters (weather permitting). 
Suitable for all ages and abilities; no reservations required.

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Wednesday, July 24          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver.  Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.

Cost:  $15 per Adult/Child Grouping;
$7.50 for each additional Adult or Child

(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Thursday, July 25          9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


“A Morning with the Alcotts”

Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts!  Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly.  An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!

Cost:  $18 per person  (Members - $15)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Saturday, July 27          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Monday - Friday, July 29 - August 2           9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Apple Slump Players”

Drama Youth Workshop
Youngsters aged 8 - 12 are invited to participate in this unique experience at Orchard House.  After brief daily theatrical warm-ups, participants will play theater games, experiment with mime and improvisation, and act out scenes from Louisa May Alcott’s stories.  Then, just as Louisa and her sisters did, a skit will be rehearsed during the week and performed at week’s end.  Dress comfortably; imagination and a sense of fun are required!

Cost: $230 
(Members - 10% discount)

 

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations

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AUGUST 2013 at Orchard House

Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

 

Sunday, August 4          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Free Family Fun Time!
Enjoy Victorian games and outdoor activities with costumed interpreters (weather permitting). 
Suitable for all ages and abilities; no reseervations required.

 

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Monday - Friday, August 5 - 9          9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Write Stuff!

Creative Writing Youth Workshop

Youngsters aged 9 - 13 will experiment with various writing forms, many inspired by the Alcotts and Tudors themselves.  Included will be “sensory writing,” poetry, journal writing, fiction, and much more.  A fun, creative, and very different way to spend a week of the summer!


Cost: $230  (Members - 10% discount)

Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment required
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information and reservations

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Tuesday, August 13          9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


“A Morning with the Alcotts”

Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts!  Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly.  An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!

Cost:  $18 per person  (Members - $15)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Thursday, August 15          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver.  Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.

Cost:  $15 per Adult/Child Grouping;
$7.50 for each additional Adult or Child

(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Sunday, August 18          2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Free Family Fun Time!
Enjoy Victorian games and outdoor activities with costumed interpreters (weather permitting). 
Suitable for all ages and abilities; no reservations required.

 

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Thursday, August 22          9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


“A Morning with the Alcotts”

Step back into the pages of history to find out what it was like to live in the time of the Alcotts!  Expert, authentically costumed staff and volunteers portray Alcott family members to introduce youngsters aged 7 and up to life in the 19th Century generally and within the Alcott home particularly.  An interactive tour, old-fashioned games, songs, stories, and refreshments are all part of this highly popular and unforgettable experience!

Cost:  $18 per person  (Members - $15)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Friday, August 23          9:00 - 10:00 a.m.


“Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House”

This program offers a very special first look at a historic house museum and the Alcott family for children aged 6 and under with a parent or adult caregiver.  Activities such as matching games, songs, Victorian dress-up, drawing, and age-appropriate stories are included to stimulate, entertain, and educate the very young while allowing their adult partners time to enjoy Orchard House in a very unique way.

Cost:  $15 per Adult/Child Grouping;
$7.50 for each additional Adult or Child

(Members - $12 and $6 respectively)

Reservations & pre-payment required;
phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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Saturday, August 24          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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SEPTEMBER 2013 at Orchard House

Sunday, September 15          12:00 noon

(registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)

Big News!!!

UTA PIPPIG WILL ATTEND!


8th Annual Benefit 5K or 10K Run and 5K Walk

for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

 

Uta Pippig     

Over 100 years ago, Louisa May Alcott wrote, “Running was one of the delights of my early days,” proving once again that she was ahead of her time in advocating a healthy lifestyle. For our eighth benefit Walk/Run, we are privileged to announce that
UTA PIPPIG
-- three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian,

and internationally-recognized fitness motivator -- not only

continues to serve as Honorary Chair of the event, but

will be with us on September 15th!

     Pippig, founder of “Take the Magic Step,” a fitness awareness program and charitable foundation, believes that everyone owes it to themselves and to future generations to take care of their physical well being. By participating in this particular Walk/Run, Pippig is also paying tribute to health-conscious individuals who have come before us, like the Alcotts.  The family's involvement in major reforms of their day -- such as abolition and women's rights -- also resonates with Uta's motivational presentations on "Running To Freedom."


     All manner of runners and walkers -- from serious marathoners to strollercisers and wheelchair travelers -- are encouraged to "spend a day with Louisa May" and Uta Pippig to support educational programming and historic preservation at the beloved Home of Little Women during this FUNdraiser!

Event held rain or shine at our new venue:

Alcott Elementary School

93 Laurel Street, Concord

Click for directions

(Just a short distance from our usual location at Concord-Carlisle

High School, which is which is being re-built for the next two years)

Registration at Alcott Elementary begins at 10:30 a.m., or, beat the crowds and register securely on-line ahead of time at www.active.com.

Runners, please note:  This course is an easy, fun way to help you qualify for future events!
Well-marked courses,ample water stations, and healthy snacks provided; for added fun, live musical entertainment, a starting volley by The Concord Minute Men, "Living History" portrayers, and 19th C. games and toys are available!

Register securely on-line at active.com

Download a Registration Form

Download a Brochure
  (includes Registration and Sponsorship Forms)


Donate or Sponsor

Download a Poster to share

Download Maps and Directions of the Walk/Run Routes
(may change slightly due to road construction or other unforeseen circumstances)

View/Purchase Photos of the 2011 event

Find out more about Honorary Chair Uta Pippig

See Photos of past Walk/Runs on Flickr

 

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Saturday, September 28          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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OCTOBER 2013 at Orchard House

Saturday, October 26          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


Special

“Welcome to Our [Halloween] Home”

A Living History Tour

Don’t miss the spooky (but not scary) fun during this month's “Welcome to Our Home Tour”!  Living History Staff in period garb will regale you with excerpts from Louisa May Alcott’s mystery stories and plays as well as reveal, through the use of actual diary entries and letters, just how much the family loved a good ghost story.  But don’t fret – even youngsters will love this unique after-hours tour of Orchard House!


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00;

Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited;

reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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NOVEMBER 2013 at Orchard House

Saturday, November 16          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rain date:  Sunday, November 17


Fall Gardens and Grounds Clean-Up
for Volunteers of all ages!

Come for all or part of the day to help keep
Orchard House looking great on the outside!

Seasonal tasks include raking leaves, collecting downed branches, weeding, and possibly some planting.  Gloves, gardening tools, or tarps are helpful to bring, but not required.

Lunch, snacks, and beverages provided.

R.S.V.P. to 978.369.4118 x104 by November 14th

Community Service credit given to High Schoolers and Boy/Girl Scouts!

Click here for a “Spruce Up” poster

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Saturday, November 23          4:45 - 5:45 p.m.


“Welcome to Our Home”

A Living History Tour
Your visit to Orchard House becomes a trip to the past as you have an interactive tour with an expert, authentically costumed guide portraying an Alcott family member or one of their famous friends.  Hear fascinating anecdotes and learn first-hand about their lives and times.


Adults - $12.00; Seniors/College Students - $10.00;
Youths (6-17 years) - $8.00; Children (2-6 years) - $4.00
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 youths) - $30.00

(Members - Half-price on individual tickets only)


Space is limited; reservations & pre-payment strongly suggested
Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

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DECEMBER 2013 at Orchard House

Saturdays          December 7 / 14 / 21

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Sundays          December 8 / 15 / 22

1:00 – 4:30 pm

“A New England Soldier’s Christmas”

The Annual Holiday Program

at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Join the Alcott family as they gather together at Orchard House to celebrate Christmas!  As you go through the seasonally decorated home, you will meet Louisa May Alcott, members of her family, friends and neighbors, and participate in their holiday celebrations with Victorian-era games and caroling while discovering fascinating facts about the real-life counterparts of characters in Alcott’s most famous novel, Little Women.

This year, we honor the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s military service and the publication of Hospital Sketches.  Based on her often humorous yet extremely poignant letters home to her family while she served in a Washington, DC hospital, the book offered the eager public a rare first-hand account of a military nurse’s life during the Civil War.  This book paved the way for Louisa’s “true-to-life scribblings” and helped to seal her fame as a serious writer. 

All ages are welcome to join in this festive celebration of the season!

Pre-paid reservations are recommended and include a 10% Museum Store discount.

Reservations are available hourly on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and

Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm during the weekends of

December 7th/8th, 14th/15th, and 21st/22nd.

Weekend Holiday Program Costs
Adults, $12.00     •     Seniors/College Students, $10.00

Youths (6 - 17 years), $8.00     •     Children (ages 2 - 5 years), $4.00

Under age 2, free     •     Members, 20% off individual tickets
Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00

Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information or to make a reservation

~ Advance pre-paid reservations strongly suggested ~
Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Store discount;

Members receive an additional 10% Store discount!

In the spirit of the Alcotts, donations will also be collected during our Holiday Program for this year's Charity Partner, the City Mission Society (CMS) in Boston; merchandise and books purchased in our Museum Store will be delivered before the holidays.

Please note: On weekdays in December, as well as the last weekend(s)

in the month, Orchard House will be open for regular guided tours with

regular admission costs; reservations on these days are only required

for groups of 10 or more

Click the photo for scenes from prior holiday programs

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