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2008 SUMMER CONVERSATIONAL SERIES
AND TEACHER INSTITUTE
“A Hunger for Home”
150 Years of the Alcotts at Orchard House

Wednesday, July 16th
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Registration
9:30 - 9:35 Welcoming Remarks
9:35 - 10:30 Sterling Delano - Villanova University
“Home in Utopia: Fruitlands and Brook Farm”
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Sterling Delano continued
11:45 - 12:15 Morning Conversation
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Evelyn Navarre - SUNY Buffalo
“Longing for Home, Laboring for Home:
Louisa May Alcott’s Work: A Story of Experience
2:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Conversation
2:45 - 4:30 Teacher Institute Proceedings
Today’s Special: Educational Resources at Orchard House

Thursday, July 17th
9:00-9:30 Coffee and Registration
9:30 - 10:45 Sarah Elbert - SUNY Binghamton
“Bread and Roses: Louisa May Alcott’s Hunger for Home
in Memory, Myth, and History”
11:00 - 12:15 John Matteson, John Jay College/2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner
“A Conversion of the Earth:
Bronson Alcott and the Art of Gardening”
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Cathlin Davis - CSU-Stanislaus
“An Easy and Well-Ordered Way to Learn: Schooling at Home”
2:15 - 2:45 Conversation of the Day
2:45 - 4:30 Teacher Institute Proceedings
Today’s Special: “Home on the Range: 19th C. Recipe Exchange”
with the Staff of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Friday, July 18th
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and Registration
9:30 - 10:45 Debra A. Ryals - Pensacola Junior College
“An Evening’s Entertainment at Home”
11:00 - 12:15 The Staff of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
“Abigail May Alcott: Labor of Love”
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Living History Portrayal: “A Conversation with A. Bronson Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson.”
by D. Michael Ryan & Wendell Refior - Historians / Re-enactors
2:15 - 2:45 Conversation of the Day
2:45 - 4:30 Teacher Institute Proceedings
Today’s Special: “What Lies Beneath: A Visit to The Concord
Players Theater and Costume Collection”
with Tracy Wall - 19th C. Costume Expert
7:30 p.m. Nancy Porter & Harriet Reisen - Producers of the documentary
“Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Premiere Screening of Selected Film Clips with Q&A

Saturday, July 19th
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and Registration
9:30 - 10:45 Patricia West - SUNY Albany/Martin Van Buren Historic Site
“Inventing Orchard House:
The Meaning of Home in Progressive Era Concord”
11:00 - 12:15 Lisa Stepanski - Emmanuel College
“Margaret Sidney: The Five Little Peppers, and How They Grew”
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tour led by Cathlin Davis
2:45 - 4:30 Teacher Institute Proceedings
Today’s Special: “Why The Alcotts”
5:00-7:15 Optional Teacher Dinner
(at Concord restaurant of your choice; not provided)
7:30 p.m. Piano Performance: Charles Ives’ “The Concord Sonata
by Keith Kirchoff - Pianist/Composer
Trinitarian-Congregational Church (54 Walden Street, Concord)

Sunday, July 20th
11:00 - 12:00 Brunch
11:30 - 12:00 Living History Portrayal: “Louisa May Alcott - Anchored at Last
by Jan Turnquist - Orchard House Executive Director
12:00 - 1:15 Poetry Reading: “Voices of New England
by Peter Stine - Gordon College
1:15 - 2:00 Closing Conversation
2:45 - 4:30 Teacher Institute Proceedings
Today’s Special: Field Trip to Fruitlands

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