Welcome to the Louisa May Alcott Society!

Formed in 2005, the Louisa May Alcott Society offers the opportunity for both scholars and friends to study and appreciate the life and works of Louisa May Alcott. An American Literature Association-allied organization, the LMA Society sponsors panels and other activities at its annual meetings.

For information about other Alcott-focused entities, including Orchard House, the Concord museum and home of the Alcotts, the Facebook group dedicated to Alcott, and other resources, please visit "Helpful Links."


For information about the Society, please contact President Anne Phillips at annek@ksu.edu.



Please note that due to COVID-19, the American Literature Association Conference which was to be held in San Diego, CA May 21-24, 2020 has been cancelled. (Updated 3/26/2020)

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Photo highlights from ALA May 2019, Boston:

With sincere appreciation to our guides, Melissa Pennell and Jane Sciacca, here are some pictures of the delightful walking tour sponsored by the Alcott Society during the ALA conference. The tour included sites of interest to Louisa May Alcott fans, Lydia Maria Child fans, and those interested in the history of reform and activism in Boston.

Starting out at the monument in memory of the Massachusetts 54th
Melissa and Jane in action
The Bellevue: one of the hotels in Boston where Louisa devoted herself to writing.

Melissa, Jane, and the paparazza


Photos from our panels at the 2018 ALA conference,
San Francisco, CA


L to R: Melissa McFarland Pennell, Anne K. Phillips, Christine Doyle, Gregory Eiselein

L to R: Elise Hooper, Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Daniel Shealy, Krissie West, Sarah Wadsworth


Photos from our panels at the 2017 ALA conference in Boston



left to right: Sandy Petrulionis, Anne Phillips, Mark Gallagher, Tracey Cummings

 left to right: Mischa Renfroe, Katie Waddell, Arielle Zibrak, Jane Rose, Melissa Pennell, Sarah Grey

left to right: society members pose after the annual business meeting


May 2015: Celebrating our tenth anniversary as an author society!

Our host for this event was none other than Louisa May herself,
who graciously welcomed us to her home and lawn
at Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts!













Free books! Donated by our members, Miriam Reed and Mary De Jong