Orchard House: Home of Little Women was honored with the Emmy for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Program/Special at the 42nd Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards Gala at the Marriott Boston Copley Place on June 15, 2019.
The other nominees were formidable: Boston 25 News, WCVB Channel 5 / Chronicle, The Boston Red Sox, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), and Jukeboxer Productions / CPTV. It was truly a humbling experience to have been in their midst. Significantly, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House was also among only a small handful of non-profits -- and the only historic site -- to have been nominated for any Emmy.
Documentary team members Jan Turnquist, Justin King, Sam Krueger, and Rob Mast, along with Jan's husband Carl and Justin's wife Maria, attended the gala and were overjoyed by the astonishing win. "When they announced that we had won, I was completely overwhelmed!" said Jan, adding, "Our competitors are to be commended for their notable efforts."
Jan, who served as the film's Co-Executive Producer, Director, and Host, praised her collaborators -- Co-Executive Producer Justin, Film Editor/Cinematographer Sam, Producer Rob, and her husband Carl -- for the unwavering support they provided for nearly five years.
"I also need to thank all the enthusiastic individuals who appeared in our film, as well as the hundreds of people who donated their time and treasure in support of this project. Of course, the real star of the production is Orchard House itself, whose story is inspirational, empowering, and timeless. We couldn't be more proud!"
It is here that the beloved classic, Little Women, was written and set in 1868. With a nurturing, talented family as owners and literary giants Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House uniquely inspired Louisa May Alcott to create timeless characters and scenarios for a book that has never been out of print. The novel not only redefined American literature, but has been translated into over 50 languages, serving as a universal touchstone for feminism, social justice, and the profound value of family and friends. The cultural impact of Little Women therefore crosses international borders and remains refreshingly relevant in the political climate of the 21st Century.
Orchard House: Home of Little Women
uncovers a fascinating piece of living history — a pilgrimage site for scholars and fans alike. This enduring and lively house museum speaks to the power of place in a way few American homes ever have ... or ever will. Not only does this 27-minute documentary explore the home and the quintessential American family who lived there, but viewers will also discover a saga of historic preservation and ongoing cultural work that is daunting, poignant, and triumphant. This is the story of a home and a book that changed everything.
The film reveals the powerful historical, literary, and very human elements of this home and the people who lived there. Combining archival photographs with insightful letters and journal entries from one of the most well-documented families in American literary history, the documentary is filled with insights from scholars and fans alike, including world class artists, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, First Ladies, and visitors. This is a family-friendly film -- an entertaining and informative way to explore Orchard House through a remarkable narrative that has remained untold ... until now.
Learn how a century-long yearning to tell the stories of a "dear old house" led to tenacious efforts to create a documentary worthy of the irreplaceable home's vital history
In addition to hundreds of generous donors -- without whom the documentary would not have been possible -- a core group of creative individuals doggedly worked to make this film a reality
On June 15, 2019, our Documentary was awarded the Emmy for Best Historical/Cultural Program/Special at the 42nd Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards
Find out how our documentary is reaching audiences around the country and garnering recognition and praise from fans and film aficionados alike
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(Note: Temporarily closed due to COVID-19)
399 Lexington Road Concord, Massachusetts 01742
April - October
Monday - Saturday: 10a - 4:30p
Sunday: 11a - 4:30p
November - March
Monday - Friday: 11a - 3p
Saturday: 10a - 4:30p
Sunday: 1p - 4:30 p
Closed: January 1 & 2, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Open 12 noon: Patriots' Day (third Monday in April)
Arguably, there may not have been a Little Women without an Orchard House ... Open to the public since 1912 through the generosity of donors young and old, Orchard House will use your contribution to serve our constituents and preserve the home now -- and for our next century. Thank you!