Welcome to the world of
Special Events

at
Louisa May Alcott’s
Orchard House!

 

Please note that many of our programs have limited enrollment.

Reservations / pre-payments are therefore often required and may be paid in cash, with a check, or via VISA/MC/AMEX/Discover

 

 

January 2014


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June 2014


July 2014


August 2014


September 2014


October 2014


November 2014

December 2014

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 am to 4:30 pm 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 2014 at Orchard House

Orchard House will be closed January 1 - 2, 2014

We will re-open on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Saturday, January 25          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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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FEBRUARY 2014 at Orchard House

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Deadline:  14 March 2014)

& EARLY REGISTRATION

2014 Summer Conversational Series

and Teacher Institute


Sunday - Friday, July 13 - 17

Navigating the Vortex:

Creative Genius in the

Time of the Alcotts

Download a Registration Form

 

Who and what constitutes “genius?”

The 19th Century concept differs greatly from today’s view.  Transcendentalists and their contemporaries used the term quite liberally to describe intellectually or creatively gifted individuals, or those who were exceptionally distinguished in literature, arts, politics, education, and other fields.  Once identified, a “genius” would then be lauded by peers as one of the shining stars of the time.  Literary geniuses of the 19th Century included Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Alcott, Dickinson, Poe, Melville, Whittier, Dickens, Peabody, Goethe, Shelley, Byron, and Keats.

Louisa May Alcott writes in “Literary Lessons” (Chapter 27 of Little Women):

She [Jo] did not think herself a genius by any means; but when the writing fit came on, she gave herself up to it with entire abandon, and led a blissful life, unconscious of want, care, or bad weather, while she sat safe and happy in an imaginary world, full of friends, almost as real and dear to her as any in the flesh. Sleep forsook her eyes, meals stood untasted, day and night were all too short to enjoy the happiness which blessed her only at such times, and made these hours worth living, even if they bore no other fruit.   The divine afflatus usually lasted a week or two, and then she emerged from her vortex hungry, sleepy, cross, or despondent.


“True genius is infinite patience” -- a saying attributed to Michelangelo -- was an Alcott family motto that also appears in Little Women.  If patience is a virtue that constitutes genius, it may certainly be said that Louisa May Alcott was all too familiar with both.  Although always the first to scoff at being labeled a genius, she was quite often praised as such by devoted family and friends prior to achieving fame, and by her adoring public afterward.

Participants in the 2014 Summer Conversational Series will take a closer look inside the “vortex of genius,” enjoying presentations by invited scholars and engaging in lively discussions on a wide range of related topics.  Massachusetts educators are eligible to receive Professional Development Points.


Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

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

and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 14 March 2014

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

~ Details forthcoming after April 1st ~

Download a Registration Form

Professional Development Points are awarded to Massachusetts teachers

See details of last year’s Series

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Tuesday - Friday, February 18 - 21          1:00 - 2:00 pm 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 22          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 2014 at Orchard House

 

Friday, March 14 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS & EARLY REGISTRATION

2014 Summer Conversational Series

and Teacher Institute

Sunday - Friday, July 13 - 17

Navigating the Vortex:

Creative Genius in the

Time of the Alcotts

Download a Registration Form

Who and what constitutes “genius?”

The 19th Century concept differs greatly from today’s view.  Transcendentalists and their contemporaries used the term quite liberally to describe intellectually or creatively gifted individuals, or those who were exceptionally distinguished in literature, arts, politics, education, and other fields.  Once identified, a “genius” would then be lauded by peers as one of the shining stars of the time.  Literary geniuses of the 19th Century included Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Alcott, Dickinson, Poe, Melville, Whittier, Dickens, Peabody, Goethe, Shelley, Byron, and Keats.

Louisa May Alcott writes in “Literary Lessons” (Chapter 27 of Little Women):

She [Jo] did not think herself a genius by any means; but when the writing fit came on, she gave herself up to it with entire abandon, and led a blissful life, unconscious of want, care, or bad weather, while she sat safe and happy in an imaginary world, full of friends, almost as real and dear to her as any in the flesh. Sleep forsook her eyes, meals stood untasted, day and night were all too short to enjoy the happiness which blessed her only at such times, and made these hours worth living, even if they bore no other fruit.   The divine afflatus usually lasted a week or two, and then she emerged from her vortex hungry, sleepy, cross, or despondent.


“True genius is infinite patience” -- a saying attributed to Michelangelo -- was an Alcott family motto that also appears in Little Women.  If patience is a virtue that constitutes genius, it may certainly be said that Louisa May Alcott was all too familiar with both.  Although always the first to scoff at being labeled a genius, she was quite often praised as such by devoted family and friends prior to achieving fame, and by her adoring public afterward.

Participants in the 2014 Summer Conversational Series will take a closer look inside the “vortex of genius,” enjoying presentations by invited scholars and engaging in lively discussions on a wide range of related topics.  Massachusetts educators are eligible to receive Professional Development Points.


Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

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

and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 14 March 2014

For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

~ Details forthcoming after April 1st ~

Download a Registration Form

Professional Development Points are awarded to Massachusetts teachers

See details of last year’s Series

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Saturday, March 22          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 2014 at Orchard House

Tuesday - Friday, April 22 - 25          9:00 - 11:00 am 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 22nd
“ 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 23rd
“ 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 24th
“ 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 25th
“ 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 22 - 25           1:00 - 2:00 pm 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 26          4:45 - 5:45 pm


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 2014 at Orchard House

Saturday, May 10          8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Rain date:  Saturday, May 17


“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.

Healthy snacks and beverages provided


RSVP to 978.369.4118 x104 by May 9th

 

Community Service credit given to

High School students and Boy/Girl Scouts!

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Saturday, May 24          4:45 - 5:45 pm  Sold out!

New session:  5:45 - 6:45 pm  Still booking!


“Welcome to Our Home”

Special Living History Tour

with May Alcott & Julian Hawthorne


In 1860, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family returned from eight years in Europe to take up residence at "The Wayside," a home they purchased from the Alcott family, located right next door to Orchard House. Julian Hawthorne was just 14, while the youngest Alcott daughter, May, was a 20-year-old artist.  A quasi-sibling relationship ensued between Julian and May, with older Alcott sister Louisa often joining in the fun as well.

 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Nathaniel Hawthorne's passing, Orchard House is offering a very special "Welcome to Our Home" Living History Tour with May Alcott and Julian Hawthorne, who will share humorous and poignant memories of growing up Alcott and Hawthorne in Concord as they accompany visitors through the inviting Alcott family home where the beloved novel, Little Women, was written and set in 1868.

 

The original tour of Orchard House at 4:45 sold out quickly,

so a second session has been scheduled to handle additional visitors

 
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

Pictured above:  Aaron Orbey as Julian Hawthorne and Iman Sakkaf as May Alcott;

photo courtesy Barb Ewen

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JUNE 2014 at Orchard House

View/Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

Saturday, June 28          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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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JULY 2014 at Orchard House

View/Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

Tuesday, July 8          9:00 - 10:00 am


"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 9          9:30 - 11:30 am


"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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

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

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The 2014 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute


Sunday - Thursday, July 13 - 17

Navigating the Vortex:

Creative Genius in the

Time of the Alcotts

On-line Registration now available!

View the Daily Schedule

Read Presenter Biographies

 

Who and what constitutes “genius?”

 

The 19th Century concept differs greatly from today’s view.  Transcendentalists and their contemporaries used the term quite liberally to describe intellectually or creatively gifted individuals, or those who were exceptionally distinguished in literature, arts, politics, education, and other fields.  Once identified, a “genius” would then be lauded by peers as one of the shining stars of the time.  Literary geniuses of the 19th Century included Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Alcott, Dickinson, Poe, Melville, Whittier, Dickens, Peabody, Goethe, Shelley, Byron, and Keats.

Louisa May Alcott writes in “Literary Lessons” (Chapter 27 of Little Women):

 

She [Jo] did not think herself a genius by any means; but when the writing fit came on, she gave herself up to it with entire abandon, and led a blissful life, unconscious of want, care, or bad weather, while she sat safe and happy in an imaginary world, full of friends, almost as real and dear to her as any in the flesh. Sleep forsook her eyes, meals stood untasted, day and night were all too short to enjoy the happiness which blessed her only at such times, and made these hours worth living, even if they bore no other fruit.   The divine afflatus usually lasted a week or two, and then she emerged from her vortex hungry, sleepy, cross, or despondent.


“True genius is infinite patience” -- a saying attributed to Michelangelo -- was an Alcott family motto that also appears in Little Women.  If patience is a virtue that constitutes genius, it may certainly be said that Louisa May Alcott was all too familiar with both.  Although always the first to scoff at being labeled a genius, she was quite often praised as such by devoted family and friends prior to achieving fame, and by her adoring public afterward.

Participants in the 2014 Summer Conversational Series will take a closer look inside the “vortex of genius,” enjoying presentations by invited scholars and engaging in lively discussions on a wide range of related topics.

 

Professional Development Points awarded to Massachusetts educators participating in the Series

 

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For more details or to reserve by phone, call 978.369.4118 x106

 

Click for secure on-line registration

 

Download a Registration Form to print

Our Distinguished Presenters ...

Kyoko Amano

University of Indianapolis

Stephen P. Burby

Brentwood (NY) Freshman Center

Beverly Lyon Clark

Wheaton College

Phyllis Cole

Penn State-Brandywine

George Howe Colt

Journalist / Author

Cathlin Davis

California State University-Stanislaus

Anne-Laure François

Universitié Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Jason Giannetti

Freelance Philosopher

Megan Marshall

Emerson College / Pulitzer Prize Winner

Kristi Lynn Martin

Boston University Graduate Program

John Matteson

John Jay College / Pulitzer Prize Winner

Olivia Milch

Screenwriter

Lauren Rizzuto

Simmons College

Kristina West

University of Reading (UK) Graduate Program

 

Read Biographies of our Distinguished Presenters

 

View the Daily Schedule                    Register securely on-line

Download a Registration Form to print

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 … ”


Acknowledgements

 

We are delighted to once again partner with The Thoreau Society

in co-hosting the concluding session of their Annual Gathering

and the opening session of our Series.

We are also grateful to the following Concord businesses who have

generously donated goods and/or services this year:

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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Wednesday, July 23          9:00 - 10:00 am


"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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Tuesday & Wednesday, July 22nd & 23rd     7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Women in French Literature

and the Transcendentalists

 

~ A Seminar in Two Parts ~

presented by Anne-Laure Francois, Assistant Professor

Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense

 

Part I will focus on 19th Century French women authors Madame de Staël and George Sand
and their influence on the Concord Transcendentalists, while Part II will examine the
representation of women in two well-known French works of 1857 --

Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.


$30 per session or $50 for both

(inclues French pastries & beverages)
Pre-registration & pre-payment suggested; please phone 978.369.4118 x106

 


ABOUT ANNE - Anne received her MA from the Sorbonne and graduated from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.  Working in both the English and Law Departments, she teaches classes on British and American history, and on the evolution of constitutional, statute, and case law as well as modern issues and controversies. Anne’s doctoral dissertation offered the first detailed study in French of Louisa May Alcott’s fiction, examining Alcott’s strategy of re-writing Transcendentalism and adapting its philosophical principles to the fast-growing American literary market.  As an educator, she helped create an alternative high school in the South of France -- a project notably based on “Plumfield,” the school utopia described in Little Women that paid homage to Bronson Alcott’s groundbreaking educational reforms.

 

Refreshments generously provided by Concord's La Provence


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Thursday, July 24          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

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

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Saturday, July 26          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 28 - August 1           9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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: $250 
(Members - $225)

 

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

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Monday - Friday, August 4 - 8          9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Write Stuff!

Creative Writing Youth Workshop

Youngsters aged 9 - 13 will experiment with various writing forms, many inspired by the Alcotts 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: $250  (Members - $225)

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

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Tuesday, August 12          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

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

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Thursday, August 14          9:00 - 10:00 am


"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, August 21          9:30 - 11:30 am


“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:  $20 per person  (Members - $18)

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

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Friday, August 22          9:00 - 10:00 am


“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 23          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 2014 at Orchard House

Sunday, September 14          12 noon

(Pre-registration available through 9/11; on-site registration begins at 10:30 am)


9th Annual Benefit 5K / 10K Run & 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 ninth benefit Walk/Run, we are privileged to announce that
UTA PIPPIG
-- three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian,

and internationally-recognized fitness motivator --

continues to serve as Honorary Chair of the event and
will be in attendance!

     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 join Uta Pippig in supporting educational programming and historic preservation at the beloved Home of Little Women during this FUNdraiser!

Event held rain or shine at:

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 year)

Registration at Alcott Elementary begins at 10:30 am, or, beat the crowds and pre-register securely on-line at www.active.com and save!

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!

 

New for 2014: Post-race light, fun lunch available at a discount to all participants!


Pre-register securely at active.com and save $10 off on-site registration!

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)



Find out more about Honorary Chair Uta Pippig


See Photos of past Walk/Runs on Flickr

 

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Saturday, September 27          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 2014 at Orchard House

Saturday, October 25          4:45 - 5:45 pm


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 2014 at Orchard House

Saturday, November 15          8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Rain date:  Sunday, November 16


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.

RSVP to 978.369.4118 x104 by November 13th

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

Click here for a “Spruce Up” poster

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Saturday, November 22          4:45 - 5:45 pm


“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 2014 at Orchard House

Saturdays       December 6 / 13 / 20      10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Sundays       December 7 / 14 / 21       1:00 – 4:30 pm

 

"The Spirit of Christmas"

at

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

Join the Alcott family as they gather at Orchard House to celebrate a season of giving!  As you go through the seasonally decorated home, meet Louisa May Alcott, members of her family, and their friends and neighbors, participate in Victorian-era holiday activities and caroling, and discover fascinating facts about the real-life counterparts of characters in Alcott’s treasured novel, Little Women.  All ages are welcome at this festive celebration!

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

 

Reservations available hourly December  6 / 7,  13 / 14,  20 / 21

Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm           Sundays, 1:00 - 4:30 pm

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

Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Store discount;

Members receive an additional 10% Store discount!

In the spirit of the Alcotts, donations for our Charity Partners
will also be collected during our Holiday Program

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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