Why a Benefit Walk/Run?

Louisa May Alcott loved to walk and run long before these activities became popular in our culture.  She was widely known to walk from Concord to Boston -- a distance of approximately 20 miles -- within the same day!  In fact, the entire Alcott family valued the health benefits of exercise, going so far as to promote physical activity for girls and women, and advocating that all schoolchildren have at least one period of recess every day!

The 5K / 10K Run or 5K Walk is a FUNdraiser that highlights Miss Alcott's trailblazing spirit -- reminding us yet again that the real Alcott story is richer than any fiction -- and allows Orchard House to receive much-needed financial support to continue its mission of education and preservation.


     Here’s how you can help:

  • Click here to donate securely on-line via PayPal  (Note:  A PayPal account is not required to make a donation)
  • Download and return the Sponsorship Form with a tax-deductible donation
  • Download the printable brochure and/or poster to share with friends, family, co-workers
  • Sign up pledges and join us on September 8, 2018 to help benefit Orchard House during the "Lucky 13" Benefit 5K / 10K Run and 5K Walk!


“Running was one of the
delights of my early days ...”

        ~Louisa May Alcott


In 2011, Uta Pippig crossed the finish line at our Centennial Walk/Run  (photo directly above) to the delight of her supporters -- young, old, and every age in-between! 

Jan Turnquist (photo at top of page) has done her one-woman interactive Alcott performance and shared the legacy of the Alcott family with audiences ranging from young readers to Former First Ladies of the United States -- and even the Empress of Japan.  Says Jan,


"One of my most important roles is working to save Orchard House!"


Tremendous progress has been made during the first two multi-million dollar phases of the Preservation Project, but still awaiting attention are:

  • conservation of precious Alcott family artifacts
  • updating of plumbing/septic, fire suppression, and security systems
  • creation of a collections care and storage facility

as well as ...

  • restoration of the historic landscape
  • creation of a scholarly research library
  • upgrade of our website
  • implementation of distance learning opportunities

Please help us continue to preserve and promote
the Alcott legacy in our second century!

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  2. Select the option for "Send link" or "Mail link"
  3. After your e-mail program opens with the link inserted, you are ready to address and write your personal message

Or download this poster and print, or send as an e-mail attachment to your friends


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