LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: Benefit Street Walking Tour - Providence at the Time of Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, October 29, 2011

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Cost: Free

Rhode Island Historical Society
Benefit Street
Meet at the John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
Providence, RI

Sat, 2011-10-29 11:00 - 12:30

In celebration of Louisa May Alcott, take a Walking Tour of Benefit Street to focus on 19th Century Women’s History with the Rhode Island Historical Society!

Louisa May Alcott left an indelible mark on the literary culture of her time, and her legacy continues to persist generations later. This 90-minute walking tour, sponsored by the Rhode Island Historical Society, celebrates the courage, spirit, and achievements of remarkable 19th-century women like Alcott who changed the literary and cultural landscape of New England. 

Discover the Providence neighborhoods which were home to Alcott’s contemporaries – entrepreneur Betsy Metcalf, Rhode Island School of Design founder Helen Metcalf, and businesswoman Christiana Bannister – who made heroic and lasting contributions to Rhode Island.  The walking tour will also explore Bronson Alcott’s friendship with two early feminists and fellow transcendentalists: Sarah Helen Whitman, Providence native, author, and educator, and Margaret Fuller, literary critic and principal teacher at Providence’s Greene Street School.

Reservations are welcome. but not required. Contact Barbara Barnes to make a reservations: 401-273-7507 x 62 or

Rhode Island Historical Society

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