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 2012 at Orchard House

    Orchard House will be closed January 1 - 2, 2012

    We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

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    Saturday, January 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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    February 2012 at Orchard House

    Tuesday - Friday, February 21 - 24          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 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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    March 2012 at Orchard House

     

    Sunday, March 4 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS DEADLINE

    The 2012 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute
    Sunday - Friday, July 15 - 20
    The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House

    Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Centennial:
    Legacy of a Powerful Voice

    In 1912, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House officially opened its doors as a museum and was, arguably, the first museum established to commemorate the life of an American woman writer. Since then, it has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world who come to pay tribute to an author who captured the imagination of generations. The powerful voice of Louisa May Alcott lives on through her works -- which have never lost their relevance or lasting impact on young and old alike -- and within the place where her legacy was founded:  Orchard House.

    This year’s Summer Conversational Series will explore, through thoughtful presentations and lively discussions, how this powerful writer’s voice left such an inspirational and influential legacy for so many readers, writers, and social activists.


    Proposals are currently being accepted for presentations;

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

    and jturnquist@louisamayalcott.org by 4 March 2012

    For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

    ~ More information available as planning proceeds ~

    Professional Development Points are awarded to Massachusetts teachers

    participating in the Teacher Institute

    See details of last year’s Series

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    Saturday, March 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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    April 2012 at Orchard House

    Saturday, April 14          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Rain date:  Sunday, April 15


    “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).


    R.S.V.P. to 978.369.4118 x104 by April 12th

    Community Service credit given to

    High School students and Boy/Girl Scouts!

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    Sunday, April 15th - Monday, May 21st

       

    Concord Art Association

    "Images of Orchard House" Project

     

     

    Collaboration between Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

    and The Concord Art Association to honor our Centennial addresses the abundant presence of artistic beauty contained

    within the House -- primarily produced by May Alcott -- as well

    as the entire family's belief in "thinking outside the box." 

    All artists are invited to visit The Art Association to receive

    a piece of original shingle from Orchard House and utilize it to create an inspired piece of artwork.  All media are encouraged; completed projects should be dropped off at The Art Association

    (37 Lexington Road) by May 21st.

    For further information, please visit www.concordart.org

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    Tuesday - Friday, April 17 - 20          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 17th
    “ 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 18th
    “ 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 19th
    “ 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 20th
    “ 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 17 - 20           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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    Tuesday, April 17th     5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

      

    Houghton Library Reception

    Honoring our Centennial and the New Exhibit on

    "Louisa May Alcott:  Family Life and Publishing Ventures"

     

    In May 1868, when beginning Little Women, Louisa May Alcott wrote, "Never liked girls or knew many, except my sisters, but our queer plays and experiences may prove interesting, though I doubt."  Surrounded by her parents and sisters, Miss Alcott lived in a remarkable family -- evidence of which lies in the voluminous letters and journals they left behind.  This exhibition displays material relating to the Alcott family and the publication of Little Women.

    Exhibit on display through May 26th and held in the Amy Lowell Room

    on the 2nd floor of Houghton Library at Harvard University

    Exhibition Hours:  Mondays, Fridays, & Saturdays 9:00am - 5:00pm;

    Tuesdays - Thursdays 9:00am - 7:00pm

    Special Reception:  Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30 - 7:00pm

    For further information, please contact Heather Cole at 617.495.2449

    (reservations are not needed for the Reception)

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    Saturday, April 21          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, April 22         5:30 pm


    “Louisa May Alcott, Ethel Turner, and

    Some Little Women Down Under”


    Lecture by

    Joel Myerson, Professor Emeritus

    (University of South Carolina)

    When Ethel Turner published Seven Little Australians in 1894, Ward Lock & Co. wrote to her that they were "very glad to be associated with the Louisa Alcott of Australia." The sixteenth edition of the book in 1912 states that audiences considered it "to be comparable to that world-famous book 'Little Women,'" and its author "known everywhere as Miss Alcott's true successor."  

     

    Seven Little Australians is considered a classic in Australian children'sliterature -- one that has sold over two million copies. Comparisons between Alcott's and Turner's books were common at the time and there are also many personal similarities between Alcott and Turner.

      

    In comparing Turner's book with Little Women, Prof. Myerson

    will examine such issues as how differently Australian and American children are portrayed; how the novels depict parental role models

    and what effect those have on the children; how the novels deal

    with gender identity; how the authors present moral lessons for the reader; how the novels convey political agendas and suggest political interpretations; what the similarities and differences are between "Judy Woolcot" and "Jo March," and "Meg Woolcot" and "Meg March"; and, what conclusions can be drawn from the characters about how women grow up in each society.

     

    The lecture is free and open to all, held at The Concord Free Public Library

    (129 Main Street), and presented in conjunction with a collaborative exhibit

    currently on display in the Art Gallery of The Concord Free Public Library,

    'Tis a pretty retreat, and ours ...'

    This new exhibit features documents from the Library's Special Collections relating to the last hundred years of Concord and Orchard House history, and spotlights several rarely-seen items from the collection of Orchard House as well as diverse artifacts unearthed during archaeological investigations of the site in 2001.

    The exhibit will be on display until the end of June.  

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    May 2012 at Orchard House

    Friday - Sunday, May 18th - 20th

     

    "Continuous Read" of Little Women

    at The Concord Free Public Library

    In yet another collaborative effort, Louisa May Alcott's

    Orchard House and The Concord Free Public Library present a

    once-in-a-century opportunity to share your passion for

    Little Women by participating in a community reading of

    the beloved classic at the Library.

    Civic leaders, historians, teachers, authors, students, and other special guests are already involved, so please join your neighbors, friends, and co-workers -- as a reader or

    as a listener -- in this unique and entertaining experience.  

    If you are interested in being a reader, please contact Karen Ahearn, Head of Children/Young Adult Services for The Concord Free Public Library, at 978.318.3358

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    Saturday - Monday, May 26 - 28

    Regular hours of operation


    A Centennial Celebration of

    Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House!

    Click to see an Acknowledgement of

    Our Centennial Benefactors, Partners, Supporters, & Volunteers

    Orchard House formally opened to the public on May 27, 1912. 

    This year, on the Memorial Day holiday weekend, plan to spend time with us as we

    celebrate this incredible milestone with thematic guided tours, Living History portrayers,

    vintage music and dance, a silhouette artist, working cider press,

    postal stamp cancellations, and refreshments.

    All outdoor events are free of charge; admission costs apply for tours.

    Download a Centennial Celebration Calendar of Events

     


     

    Saturday, May 26     8:00 p.m.

    Centennial Benefit Concert

    at Symphony Hall, Boston

    Purchase Centennial Benefit Concert tickets or make a donation securely online

    The evening of May 26th will feature The Boston Pops led by famed conductor

    Keith Lockhart with beloved guest vocalist Maureen McGovern

    (Oscar/Grammy winner and Broadway star) and special appearances by Mary Richardson (former host of WCVB-TV's "Chronicle" and Steward Health Care liaison)

    and Prof. John Matteson (Pulitzer Prize winning Alcott biographer)

    Benefactors, Patrons, and Supporters have the opportunity to offer substantial support to Orchard House through their ticket purchases, and in return receive table seating as well as options for admission to pre- and post-concert receptions, listing in a commemorative program, and a one-year Family membership to Orchard House.

    Even if you are unable to attend, donations in support of the Centennial help to make a difference for educational programming and historic preservation efforts in our next century!

    Purchase Centennial Benefit Concert tickets or make a donation securely online

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    June 2012 at Orchard House

    Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

    Saturday, June 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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    SOLD OUT          Tuesday, June 26     6:00 p.m.          SOLD OUT

    A Conversation with

    Annie Leibovitz and Doris Kearns Goodwin

     

    Annie Leibovitz’s large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most recognized portraits of our time; Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, political news analyst, and Concord resident.  Now, Kearns Goodwin has provided the Introduction for Leibovitz's evocative new book, Pilgrimage.

    Under the tent on the lawn of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, a memorable dialogue between these two American icons will occur as a marvelous prelude to the opening of the

    Annie Leibovitz:  Pilgrimage exhibition.

    Reservations are required for the event; space is limited

    Cost:  $20, Concord Museum or Orchard House Members; $25, Non-Members

    Member reservations accepted starting May 1st; Non-Members starting June 1st

    Please phone 978.369.9763 or e-mail cm1@concordmuseum.org for reservations

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    Thursday, June 28 - Sunday, September 23

      

    Annie Leibovitz:  Pilgrimage

     

    In conjunction with Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, The Concord Museum

    (200 Lexington Road) will open its doors to become the first stop on --

    and only New England venue of -- the national tour of Annie Leibovitz:  Pilgrimage,

    an evocative and deeply personal statement by a photographer whose career now spans

    more than 40 years, encompassing a broad range of subject matter, history, and stylistic influences.  The exhibition includes approximately 70 photographs taken between

    April 2009 and May 2011 -- nine of them in Concord.

    Image © Annie Leibovitz

    from Pilgrimage (Random House, 2011)

     



    Members’ Only Evening

    Thursday, June 28     6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

     

    Members of the Concord Museum and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

    are invited to be among the first to view the stunning Annie Leibovitz photographs

    in the Wallace Kane Gallery and enjoy a reception under a tent on the Museum’s lawn.

    Members are free; space is limited

    R.S.V.P. to 978.369.9763 or e-mail cm1@concordmuseum.org

     

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    July 2012 at Orchard House     Open till 8:00 Thursdays & Fridays!

    Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

     

    Thursday, July 5          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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    Friday, July 6          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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    Tuesday, July 10          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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    The 2012 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute


    Sunday - Friday, July 15 - 19
    The Concord School of Philosophy on the grounds of Orchard House

    Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House Centennial:
    Legacy of a Powerful Voice

    In 1912, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House officially opened its doors as a museum and was, arguably, the first museum established to commemorate the life of an American woman writer.  Since then, it has been a pilgrimage site for hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world who come to pay tribute to an author who captured the imagination of generations.  The powerful voice of Louisa May Alcott lives on through her works -- which have never lost their relevance or lasting impact on young and old alike -- and within the place where her legacy was founded:  Orchard House.

    This year’s Summer Conversational Series will explore, through thoughtful presentations and lively discussions, how this powerful writer’s voice left such an inspirational and influential legacy for so many readers, writers, and social activists.

    For additional information, please phone 978.369.4118 x106

    Our Distinguished Presenters ...

    KYOKO AMANO - University of Indianapolis

    CATHLIN DAVIS - California State University-Stanislaus

    GABRIELLE DONNELLY – Journalist/Author

    ANNE-LAURE FRANÇOIS – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

    KATHLEEN HARSY – Riverside-Brookfield (Illinois) High School

    ADRIANA LANZI – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba Graduate Program


    EVE LAPLANTE - Author

    KRISTI LYNN MARTIN – Boston University Graduate Program

    JOHN MATTESON – Pulitzer Prize Winner/John Jay College

    DEBRA RYALS – Pensacola State College

    JOHN STAUFFER – Harvard University

    MICHAEL STONEHAM – United States Military Academy at West Point

    PATRICIA WEST – Martin Van Buren National Historical Site

    Read Biographies of our Distinguished Presenters

    View the Daily Schedule               Download a Registration Form

    Click for a Complete Packet of information

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

    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


    For more information or to make a reservation,
    please phone 978.369.4118 x106


    See details of last year’s Series

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    Thursday, July 26          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 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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    Monday - Friday, July 30 - August 3           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 2012 at Orchard House     Open till 8:00 Thursdays & Fridays!

     

    Download a full-color Summer programs brochure

     

    Monday - Friday, August 6 - 10          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 14          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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    Wednesday, 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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    Wednesday, August 16          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 23          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 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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    Saturday, August 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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    September 2012 at Orchard House     Open till 8:00 Thursdays & Fridays!

    Sunday, September 16          12:00 noon

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


    7th Annual 5K Walk / 10K Run
    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 sixth benefit Walk/Run, we are privileged to announce that
    UTA PIPPIG
    -- three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian, and internationally-recognized fitness motivator -- will continue to serve as Honorary Chair of the event!

         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.

         All manner of runners and walkers -- from serious marathoners to strollercisers and wheelchair travelers -- are encouraged to "spend a day with Louisa May" to support the educational and preservation efforts of her beloved home during this FUNdraiser!

    Event held rain or shine.  Meet at Concord-Carlisle High School (500 Walden Street, Concord) for registration beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Runners, please note:  This flat course is an easy, fun way to help you qualify for future events!
    The Walk/Run route traverses Historic Concord, Massachusetts during lovely Fall Foliage time. Musical entertainment provided; starting volley by The Concord Minute Men; "Living History" portrayers and 19th C. games and toys 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 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 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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    October 2012 at Orchard House

    Saturday, October 27          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 2012 at Orchard House

    Saturday, November 17          8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Rain date:  Sunday, November 18


    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 15th

     

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

    Click here for a “Spruce Up” poster

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    Saturday, November 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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    December 2012 at Orchard House

    Saturdays          December  1,  8,  15          10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Sundays          December  2,  9,  16          1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    "A Magical Alcott Christmas"

    The Annual Holiday Program

    Christmas Fairy GirlThis year's program celebrates the fantasy and spirit of Louisa May Alcott’s first published work, Flower Fables.
    A wonderfully imaginative collection of fairy stories, this book debuted at Christmastime of 1854 and was dedicated to Ellen Emerson, one of Miss Alcott’s devoted young pupils.

    The highly entertaining and interactive Living History Holiday Program includes games, skits, and songs, as well as period decorations throughout the House.

    The program is suitable for all ages and lasts approximately 45 minutes.  Reserved ticket tours are scheduled hourly at quarter past the hour.

    In the spirit of the Alcotts, donations will also be collected during the weekends of 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.

     

    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 ticket prices
    Family Rate (2 Adults & up to 4 Youths), $30.00

    ~ Advance reservations strongly suggested and require pre-payment ~


    Reserved tickets receive a 10% Museum Store discount;

    Members receive an additional 10% Store discount!

    Phone 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations

    Please note: On weekdays in December, as well as the last two weekends

    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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    Wednesday, December 5       5:30 - 7:30 pm

    Author Event with Eve LaPlante

    Orchard House is pleased to welcome author Eve LaPlante as she greets visitors and signs copies of two new books forthcoming on November 6th:  Marmee & Louisa -- The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother (a dual biography) and My Heart is Boundless (the first-ever compilation of Abigail May Alcott's private papers).

    Eve LaPlante is a great niece and a first cousin of Abigail and Louisa May Alcott.  She has previously authored Seized, American Jezebel, and Salem Witch Judge (winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction).  Eve lives with her family in New England and has presented at our Summer Conversational Series & Teacher Institutes in the recent past.

    For more information about Eve, please visit www.evelaplante.com.

     

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