Orchard House is CLOSED through at least June 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

Educators & Librarians:

Courtesy of Rachel Breinin, and in collaboration with the Great Books Foundation, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, and The Little Women Cookbook, an Educational Toolkit is now available to assist with pursuing a Little Women curriculum or program in schools, libraries, or at home. 

Digital Resources for Educators & Students

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Educational Materials

Educational Materials

Educational Materials

 Are you an educator, parent, or student who wants to learn about Little Women and Louisa May Alcott?  Get useful information from the source with our educational materials.

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"Maxims of Teaching"

Educational Materials

Educational Materials

Bronson Alcott was a revolutionary educator who challenged established modes of instruction and influenced many others to do so as well.  Be inspired by his own words!

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"Eyes on Artifacts"

Educational Materials

"Virtual Visit Videos"

See rarely displayed items from our collection, compare May Alcott's Turner copies with his originals, or uncover the backstories of beloved items and spaces in the House 

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"Virtual Visit Videos"

Facebook Live with Director Jan

"Virtual Visit Videos"

Experience Orchard House virtually through a 15-minute guided tour with "Louisa May Alcott" herself  and a 20-minute up close and personal presentation of our rooms and selected artifacts


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Facebook Live with Director Jan

Facebook Live with Director Jan

Facebook Live with Director Jan

  Executive Director Jan Turnquist comes into your living room or virtual classroom to delve deeply into "hot topics" of interest, answer your questions, and interview special guests! Next broadcast:  May 10th at 2:00p 

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Little Women Garden

Facebook Live with Director Jan

Facebook Live with Director Jan

Be inspired to create your own Little Women Garden at home or when school resumes by reading the description Louisa May Alcott provides in Chapter X of the novel, and then use our detailed flower chart to get started!

Explore the World of the Alcotts ...

Innovative Educational Offerings for students, Girl Scouts, and adults



  • 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.

General Guided Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

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Featuring discussions of the Alcotts' home life and public accomplishments, guided tours help learners of all ages derive a sense of how this remarkable family nurtured one another and what they contributed to 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; $12 per additional adult.

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

"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.  $9 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $15 per each additional adult.

"Time Travelers" Tours

"Welcome to Our Home" Tours

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

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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.  $9 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $15 per each additional adult. 

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

"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.  $10 per student.  1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free; $15 per each additional adult.

"Journey Through Journals"

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

"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.  $10 per student.  1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free; $15 per each additional adult. 

"Landscapes & Literature"

"A Visit with the Alcotts"

"Journey Through Journals"

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In this interactive 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.  $10 per student.  1 chaperone per 15 students required and admitted free; $15 per each additional adult.

"Hand-in-Hand"

Outreach / Distance Learning

Outreach / Distance Learning

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 Pre-K/Kindergarten-aged children and their adult caregivers will enjoy our unique hands-on program that introduces the home of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, and life in the 19th Century to our youngest visitors.  Victorian dress-up, felt boards, a story, games, and art activity are included.


Conducted for a minimum of 10 and a maximum

of 15 participants.  1 hour; variable cost.

Reservations required at least four weeks in advance.  Phone our Education Director at 978.369.4118 x106 for information/reservations.

Outreach / Distance Learning

Outreach / Distance Learning

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/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

Outreach / Distance Learning

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.

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DAISIES

BROWNIES

BROWNIES

"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.   $11 per scout/additional adult.   15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free). 

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BROWNIES

BROWNIES

BROWNIES

"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.   $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free).

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BROWNIES

BROWNIES

BROWNIES

"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 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.   $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free).

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BROWNIES

BROWNIES

BROWNIES

"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.    $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free). 

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JUNIORS

BROWNIES

BROWNIES

"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.   $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free). 

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JUNIORS

BROWNIES

JUNIORS

"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 learn just what goes into being a good writer!


1.5 hour program offered year-round.   $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free). 

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JUNIORS

CADETTES

CADETTES

"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.   $14 per scout/additional adult.  15-person limit, inclusive of 2 required chaperones (admitted free). 



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CADETTES

CADETTES

CADETTES

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

CALL for PROPOSALS

Summer Conversational Series & Teacher Workshop

Sunday ~ Thursday, 12 ~ 16 July 2020 

 

"The Divining Power of Women:

Louisa May Alcott and

the Fight for Woman Suffrage"


To celebrate the 19th Amendment's Centennial, this year’s adult education gathering and teacher workshop will explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the journey toward securing woman suffrage both here and abroad.


Presenter proposals accepted through April 1st

Series online registration available here