Explore the World of the Alcotts ...

Examine

the Alcotts' contributions to a wide variety 19th Century reform movements

Experience

a typical 19th Century schoolroom -- and Mr. Alcott's decidedly different one!

Discover

what the Alcotts' letters, diaries, and published writings reveal about them

Innovative Educational Offerings for students, Girl Scouts, and adults


  • Public and private school students as well as home learners, youth groups, book groups, and Elderhostelers are all encouraged to find out what life at Orchard House in the time of the Alcotts -- and even engage in activities enjoyed by the family over 150 years ago


  • Girl Scout troops chart a unique course through history as they complete Badge and Community Service requirements, connecting the past to their futures


  • Teachers and learning coaches can rub elbows with Alcott scholars and devotees from around the world during our annual Summer Conversational Series & Teacher Workshop while also addressing specific curriculum needs and receiving useful resources for in-class use


We invite you to browse all of our programs below -- or contact us to customize your learning experience!


RESERVATION INFORMATION

To make a reservation and fine-tune your visit experience, please contact our Education Director at 978.369.4118 x106 or education@louisamayalcott.org.


Please note:  All group tour leaders are urged to download and review the Educator Planning Packet prior to visiting.

Educational Programming

General Guided Tours

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Featuring discussions of the Alcotts' home life and accomplishments, guided tours help visitors of all ages derive a sense of how this remarkable family nurtured one another, and what they contributed to the fields of literature, art, education -- and society as a whole.


Suitable for Grades 3 - 12; up to 45 students.  30 minutes.

$4.50 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $9.50 per additional adult.

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

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Orchard House comes alive through an interactive, first-person context as Living History interpreters portray members of the Alcott family or their notable neighbors.  Students discover how the Alcotts lived and helped make history in their own words.


Suitable for Grades K - 12; up to 45 students.  1 hour.

$7.00 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $12 per each additional adult

"Time Travelers" Tours

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A fun, engaging way to introduce students to household tasks and family pastimes of the 1800s.  Period artifacts from our Education Collection help students make important connections between the modern and 19th Century worlds.


Suitable for Grades 2 - 5; up to 30 students.  1 hour.

$7.00 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $12 per each additional adult. 

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

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A multi-disciplinary experience incorporating history, language arts, and creative arts whereby students step back in time with Living History interpreters who 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 that also introduces new vocabulary, and take part in an art activity that challenges their spatial perception, imagination, and analytical thinking.


Curriculum Frameworks:  History & Social Science Standards 1, 2, & 3; English Language Arts Standards 1, 2, & 3; Visual Arts Standard 3


Suitable for Grades 3 - 5; up to 30 students.  2 hours.

$8 per student.  1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free; $13 per each additional adult.

"Journey Through Journals"

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Whether a daily record, philosophical outlet, or repository for creativity, journals satisfied the expressive needs of each Alcott family member.  In fact, Louisa May Alcott's journal often provided her with material she used to write Little Women.  Throughout the house, excerpts from Alcott diaries will be shared with students, and they will be given the chance to record their thoughts and impressions in their own journals as well.  


Curriculum Frameworks:  English Language Arts Standards 2, 4, & 5; English Literature Standards 8, 9, 13, 14, & 15; English Composition Standards 20 & 22; History and Social Science Standard 3


Suitable for Grades 5 - 12; up to 30 students.  2 hours. 

$8 per student.  1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free; 13 per each additional adult. 

"Landscapes & Literature"

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In this writing/discussion-based program, students immerse themselves in an exploration of the man-made and natural landscapes of 19th Century Concord.  Focusing on the community of authors, philosophers, and intellectuals gathered here, students examine how each Alcott family member responded to their changing world, and the ways in which their responses were reflected in literature, philosophy, artwork, and social action.


Curriculum Frameworks:  History & Social Science Standards 1, 2, 3, & 4; English Literature Standards 8, 9, 15, & 17


Suitable for Grades 10  - 12; up to 45 students.  1.5 hours.

$8 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $13 per each additional adult.

"Hand-in-Hand"

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 Pre-K and Kindergarten groups may inquire about our unique hands-on program that introduces younger children to the home of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.   Victorian dress-up, felt boards, a story, games, and artwork are included in this introductory program. 


Suitable for up to 10 children and their adult caregivers. 

1 hour; variable cost.  Please contact our Education Director at 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations.

Outreach / Distance Learning

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 "A Visit by Louisa May Alcott" 

Jan Turnquist of Inter*Act Performances will portray "Miss Alcott" for your school, library, church, community center, or even during a virtual visit! 


For groups of any size/age.  Variable length and cost.

To book a Massachusetts school performance, please contact Young Audiences of Massachusetts at 617.629.9262 x303 or scheduling@yamass.org;

all others, please phone 978.369.2467.

Customized Experiences

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Have special needs or a unique program idea?


We are always happy to adapt our existing educational programming or collaborate on new offerings to meet the particular educational needs of your class, school, or group.


Please contact our Education Director at 978.369.4118 x106 or education@louisamayalcott.org

to discuss the possibilities.

Girl Scout Offerings

DAISIES

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"HAND-IN-HAND JOURNEY

TO ORCHARD HOUSE"

Daisies are introduced to the historic home of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women and learn about the Alcotts through interactive materials and hands-on activities such as Victorian dress-up, felt boards, a story, games, and artwork.

1 hour program offered year-round.   $9 per scout. 

 15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones. 

BROWNIES

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"MY FAMILY STORY" BADGE 

During a tour of Orchard House with a Living History re-enactor, Brownies will hear stories about the  Alcott girls' childhood, play a game, learn a song from the period, draw their own family crests, and participate in other Alcott-inspired activities.


1.5 hour program offered year-round.   $11 per scout. 

15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones.

BROWNIES

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"OLD-FASHIONED PLAYTIME JOURNEY"

Learn about popular 19th Century toys, games, and activities enjoyed by Louisa, Anna, Elizabeth, and May, as well as the dolls they made.  Brownies will also make their own yarn dolls, take them on a tour of Orchard House, and play games along the way.

1.5 hour program offered year-round.   $11 per scout. 

15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones. 

BROWNIES

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"STORY JOURNEY"

 Brownies will have have an opportunity to write in the very room where Louisa May Alcott 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!

Bonus:  This program helps earn the “Hear a Story,” “Change a Story,” “Tell a Story,” and “Better World!” Leadership Awards


1.5 hour program offered year-round.   $11 per scout. 

15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones.

JUNIORS

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"PLAYING THE PAST" BADGE

Juniors journey back to 1870 to imagine themselves as one of the Alcotts!  A Living History re-enactor will relate favorite family stories and traditions, and describe life in the 19th Century.  After hearing entries from the Alcotts' own journals, Juniors will make their own journals and write in them, play a game or sing a song that the Alcotts would have enjoyed, and act out a scene from Little Women in the same place where Louisa and her sisters performed their theatricals for friends and family.


1.5 hour program offered year-round.  $11 per scout.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones.

JUNIORS

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"SCRIBE" BADGE

Juniors are invited to create a poem, short story, essay, or news report in the very room where Miss Alcott penned many of her stories -- including her most famous book, Little Women.  By using events of everyday life, sharpening skills of observation and elaboration, properly setting a scene, and crafting interesting characters, Juniors will learn what just what goes into being a good writer!


1.5 hour program offered year-round.  $11 per scout.

15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones.

JUNIORS

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"MY BEST FOOT FORWARD JOURNEY"

Louisa May Alcott has served as a wonderful role model ever since Little Women first captured the imaginations of people all over the world, and she was especially concerned with girls striving to be themselves in an increasingly complicated world.  Juniors will come to understand how Louisa and her sisters struggled to overcome their challenges and capitalized on their talents to become strong, independent women.  Through role play, journal writing, creating a “brag bag,” and other activities, Juniors learn to celebrate their own best attributes.


Bonus:  This program also helps Juniors earn "The Power of One" Award; they may also work on the "Reach Out!" and "Try Out!" Leadership Awards.


1.5 hour program offered year-round.  $11 per scout. 

15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones.



CADETTES

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COMMUNITY SERVICE


Seeking a new and different way to earn

the Community Service Bar or Patch?


Consider a project at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House -- a non-profit organization that depends upon volunteer help for many aspects of its continued operation.  We are happy to work with you to create a flexible community engagement experience that best fit both your needs and ours.

Interested? 

Contact our Director of Education

at 978.369.4118 x106 or education@louisamayalcott.org

to discuss available opportunities

Adult & Teacher Education Opportunities