A Visit with Louisa May Alcott in Newburyport

THU, NOV 29, 2018

On the evening of the Little Women scribe's 186th birthday, join us at the Meeting House for a captivating living history experience that will bring you behind-the-scenes stories from Alcott's life - from her unconventional upbringing in poverty, to the family love that inspired her to write an American classic. This interactive show is presented by the director of Orchard House, the Alcott family's historic home in Concord, Massachusetts, and will be enjoyed by ages 6 to 106. From young readers to Alcott scholars to First Lady Laura Bush, audiences of every stripe have acclaimed Jan's performances. As an added feature, Jan will share with her audience a "behind-the-scenes" glimpse at her current experience working as a research consultant and extra on the forthcoming (2019) Columbia Pictures version of Little Women, starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep.

This event has been made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.

Image: Wiki Media

+ BIO: Jan Turnquist

Jan Turnquist is the founder and director of InterAct Performances, an organization devoted to the wonderful impact that living history presentations and meaningful seminars can have in the worlds of education, business, and personal enrichment.

Jan is an educator, actress, and historian. She holds her teaching certification and degrees in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin. She has been featured in television roles on PBS, the Fox Network, and several BBC productions. Now a consultant to Orchard House Museum, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868, she spent 18 years on staff there as Living History Coordinator, Education Coordinator, and Historic Interpreter.

Through InterAct Performances, Jan currently leads programs across the country. Her living history portrayals are popular with schools, universities, libraries, museums, civic groups, conventions, senior groups and the like. She has also developed a successful offering of seminars and workshops in order to share more of her natural talents, developed skills, and researched material with teachers, business people, students, elder hostel attenders and others.

Old South Meeting House