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Explore the World of the Alcotts . . .

 

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... with a variety of programs that introduce learners of all ages to the Alcott family and their world!

Participate in activities enjoyed by the Alcotts over 150 years ago in one of our many School Group offerings:

  • Examine the Alcotts’ contributions to various 19th Century Reform Movements
  • Experience a typical 19th Century Schoolroom and one of Mr. Alcott's
  • Discover why the Alcotts kept daily diaries and begin your own "Journey Through Journals"

 

Especially for Girl Scouts, we offer opportunities approved by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to earn Try-Its and Badges.

Teachers may participate in special Workshops that address specific curriculum needs and provide hands-on materials for use in the classroom.

We invite you to browse through our offerings:

 

 

Reservation Information

NOTE:  Please download and review the planning information and map before your visit.

For School Group Tours/Programs, Girl Scout Troop Tours/Programs, Vacation Week or Summer Youth Programs/Workshops - Please phone the Education Department at 978.369.4118 x106 or e-mail education@louisamayalcott.org.

Edubbsm.gif (4919 bytes)Reservations should be made as far in advance as possible.  School groups are encouraged to make reservations prior to opening hours.

Our reservation policy requires a deposit of $50.00 per tour or program which is applied to your total fee and is refundable only if cancellation is received within 48 hours of your reservation.

All tours and programs have capacity limits in order to protect our valuable resources and to insure the most beneficial educational experience. All required chaperones must also accompany youths at all times throughout the House. Additional adults are always welcome, but must be charged tour/program fees for admission.

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Offerings for School Groups

Orchard House, one of the oldest homes in historic Concord, reflects the lifestyle, ideals, and unique personalities of the Alcotts.   A visit to this house provides testimony to the rich legacy Eduhatsm.gif (4618 bytes) of this talented and caring family in the fields of literature, creative arts, education, philosophy, and social justice.

 


Tours

 

General Tours

Feature discussions of the Alcotts’ home life and accomplishments.   Visitors derive a sense of how this remarkable family nurtured one another and what they contributed to the fields of literature, art, education, and to society as a whole.

Available to Grades 3 – 12; 10 – 45 students; 30 minutes; $4.50 per student; 1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $8.50 per each additional adult.

"Welcome To Our Home" Tours

Interpret the House in a first-person context as costumed staff portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors.  Students discover how the Alcotts lived and how they helped "make history."

Available to Grades K – 12; 10 – 45 students; 1 hour; $7.00 per student; 1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $10.00 per each additional adult.

"Time Travelers" Tours

A hands-on, fun, and exciting way to introduce students to the household tasks and pastimes of faamilies in the 1800s.  Real period artifacts from our Education Collection help students make important connections between their modern world and life in the 19th Century.

Available to Grades 2 - 5; 10 - 30 students; 1 hour; $7.00 per student; 1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free. $10 per each additional adult.

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In-House Programs

"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

Pre-K and Kindergarten classes may inquire about our unique hands-on program that introduces younger children to the home of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.

"A Visit With the Alcotts" - A Living History Program

A multi-disciplinary experience incorporating history, language arts, and creative arts.   Step back in time with sotumed interpreters as they re-create the life and times of the Alcotts.  Students discover the elements of a story and write one of their own, play a 19th Century game which introduces new vocabulary, and engage in an art exercise that challenges their spatial perception, imagination, and analytical thinking.  Curriculum Frameworks:  History and Social Science (Standards 1, 2, & 3), English Language Arts (Standards 1, 2, & 3), and Visual Arts (Standard 3).

Available to Grades 3 – 5; 10 – 30 students; 2 hours; $7.00 per student; 1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free.

Journey Through Journals:  The Alcotts In Their Own Words

A special course which focuses on the importance of diary-keeping in the lives of the Alcotts.  Used variously as a daily record, a philosophical outlet, and repository of creative ideas, journals fed and satisfied the talents of each and every Alcott. Louisa May Alcott'’ journal provided her with material used to write much of Little Women. As students progress through the House, they will hear excerpts from Alcott diaries and pause periodically to record their thoughts and impressions in journals of their own.  Curriculum Frameworks:  English Language Arts (Standards 2, 4, & 5), English Literature (Standards 8, 9, 13, 14, & 15), English Composition (Standards 20 & 22), and History and Social Science (Standard 3).

Available to Grades 5 – 12; 10 – 30 students; 2 hours; $8.00 per student; 1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free.

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Explore the man-made and natural landscape of 19th Century Concord.  This writing and discussion program focuses on the 19th Century community of authors, philosophers, and intellectuals (specifically Henry David Thoreau and the Alcotts) which gathered in Concord.  Hear and discuss how each individual within the Alcott family responded to the changing world around them, and how this was reflected in lifestyle, philosophy, art, and literature, and the importance of Transcendentalism.   Curriculum Frameworks:  History and Social Science (Standards 1, 2, 3, & 4), and English Literature (Standards 8, 9, 15, & 17).

Available to Grades 10 – 12; 10 – 45 students; 1 1⁄2 hours; $8.00 per student; 1 chaperone per 15 students required & admitted free.

 

Outreach

A Visit by Louisa May Alcott

Jan Turnquist of Inter*Act Performances will portray Louisa May Alcott at your school or library.  To book Massachusetts school performances, please phone Young Audiences of Massachusetts at 617.629.9262.  For all other bookings, call Inter*Act Performances at 978.369.2467.

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Special Programs

We will be glad to work with you to discuss and develop programs that meet the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and any other requirements you may have.

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Programs for Girl Scouts

Orchard House, home of author Louisa May Alcott and her family, offers special programs for all levels of Girl Scout Troops! By visiting the House for a special program, girls may complete various requirements for Brownie Try-Its, Junior Badges or Cadette/Senior Interest Patches.

Please note:  There is a minimum requirement of 10 girls or payment for 10 girls per program

Brownie Troop Works on Badges at Orchard House

 

The Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts encourages Troops to explore the following programs conducted at Orchard House for completion of Try-It, Badge, & Patch requirements.

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Daisy Program

~ under age 6

"Hand-in-Hand at Orchard House"

This program introduces Daisies to a museum and to the home of the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott.  Daisies learn about the Alcott family using interactive materials and hands-on activities as they tour Orchard House.  Victorian dress-up, felt boards, a story, games and artwork are included in this introductory program.

  • 1 hour program offered year-round
  • $9.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15, inclusive of required chaperones
  • 1 free chaperone per every 4 girls required

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Brownie Programs

~ ages 6 - 9

"Listening to the Past"
(Completes all Try-It Requirements)

Meet a member of the Alcott family (portrayed by trained staff) who will talk about life in the mid-1800s and Louisa May Alcott’s childhood. Brownies then tour Orchard House, seeing it as it looked when the Alcotts lived here and hearing how Louisa came up with ideas for her stories.  Girls will also play a game, learn a song, draw a picture, and act out a passage from one of the family’s favorite stories.

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones per 15 girls required

 

"Puppets, Dolls, & Plays"
(Completes all Try-It Requirements)

Did you know that making puppets and dolls is an art that was a very popular pastime in the Victorian age? Learn about the toys and games of Louisa, Anna, Elizabeth, and May and about the dolls they made.  Girls will make their own yarn dolls and take them on a tour of Orchard House!  They will also make a puppet and use it to dramatize a story from our "Puppet Theatre."

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones per 15 girls required


"Write Away"

The Alcotts were a very creative family!  Girls will have an opportunity to write in the very room where Louisa wrote her most famous book, Little Women, try their hand at a troop “post office,” play rigamarole, and make “castles in the air,” just like the Alcott girls did when they were growing up.

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones required

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Junior Programs 

~ ages 9 - 12

"My Heritage"
(Completes requirements #1 - #9)

Journey back in time to 1870 and discover the rich heritage of the Alcotts as you explore your own!  A member of the Alcott family (portrayed by trained staff) will show you through the House, where you will make your own journals (materials provided) and have an opportunity to write in them as you hear entries taken from the real journals of the Alcotts. Listen to favorite family anecdotes, hear about special events of the times, and learn some family sayings while beginning your own "wisdom list." You will also play a 19th Century game or sing a song the Alcotts enjoyed, and see many treasured family heirlooms.

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones per 15 girls required

 

"Being My Best"
(Completes requirements #1 - #7)

Louisa May Alcott has been a wonderful role model ever since Little Women first captured the imaginations of people all over the world. She was concerned then — as we are today — with the issue of girls striving to be themselves in an increasingly complicated world. Visit Orchard House and learn how Louisa and her sisters struggled to overcome their difficulties, met challenges, and capitalized on their talents to become strong, independent women.   Through role play, journal writing, creating a "brag bag," and other fun activities, explore your own best assets to increase self-esteem and become the best person you can be!

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones per 15 girls required


"Write All About It"

Louisa May Alcott was a great observer of the world, and she learned to use those observations in her writing.  Come write in the very room where she penned many of her famous stories, including her most famous book, Little Women.  Sharpen your skills by using events in your everyday life for your stories, and learn what goes into making a good writer!

  • 1 1/2 hour program offered year-round
  • $11.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15 girls
  • 2 free adult chaperones required

 

Theater

Did you know that young Louisa and her sisters performed "theatricals" for their friends and neighbors?  Tour Orchard House, where the Alcott girls presented original plays in the Dining Room and Parlor, and then bring a script to life using simple props and costumes.  Learn how to interpret a character and participate in group acting exercises and improvisations, ending with the performance of scripted scenes from Louisa's writings!

  • 2 hour program
  • Offered only May through September
  • $12.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15, inclusive of 2 free adult chaperones (required)

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Cadette/Senior Programs

~ ages 12 - 17

"Once Upon A Story"
(Completes requirements for

Career Exploration #1 - #5 and Technology #1 - 5)

Explore different writing genres in the home of Louisa May Alcott, one of our foremost American writers.  Girls will hear about careers related to writing while trying their hand at poetry, plays, historical fiction, and other forms.  They will also learn how Louisa used writing to make the past come alive, and the elements that go into creating a story of their own through writing exercises done in the very same house where Little Women was conceived and written!

  • 2 hour program offered year-round
  • $12.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15, inclusive of 2 free adult chaperones (required)

 

"The Play’s the Thing!"
(Completes requirements for Skill Builders #2 - #4 and Technology #1)

Come to Orchard House, where the Alcott girls transformed their Dining Room and Parlor into a theatre for visiting friends and neighbors.  See where they did their lightning-quick costume changes and then help bring a scene from Little Women to life!  Girls will also participate in acting exercises and improvisations, and learn some technical aspects of theatre production.

  • 2 hour program
  • Offered only May through September
  • $12.00 per girl
  • Group size limited to 15, inclusive of 2 free adult chaperones (required)

 

Cadettes & Seniors:

Earn Community Service Bars and help us!

Community Service Recognition

Seeking a new and different way to earn the Community Service Bar?  Consider a project at Orchard House, a non-profit organization which depends on volunteer help for many aspects of its operation.  We’ll work with you to create a flexible program to best fit both our needs!  We can also provide at least 4 hours of training in exchange for a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service.

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