To the editor:

The Louisa May Alcott Project, producers Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter, and Nancy Porter Productions are deeply grateful for being allowed to film portions of the first film biography of Louisa May Alcott in Marblehead on May 25. We especially want to thank Lee Mansion Curator Judy Anderson and Director Pam Peterson of the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society for granting us the use of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion as the setting of several scenes, and protecting the premises while graciously accommodating our large crew and extensive equipment. The Jeremiah Lee Mansion is unique among Marblehead’s many treasures and very rare in the region as an authentic period interior heavily influenced by Europe, which allowed us to use it as the setting for Louisa Alcott’s trips there in 1865 and 1870.

We appreciate the welcome given us by the Lee Mansion’s neighbors, and hope that any disruption will be rewarded by seeing it featured in glorious high-definition video in 2008 on the PBS series “American Masters,” along with Orchard House, the Alcotts’ home in Concord, Emerson’s house, Fruitlands (in Harvard, Mass.), the Lyman Estate in Waltham, and the Nichols House on Beacon Hill in Boston. The music of Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, composers of “Marblehead Morning,” will also be featured on the soundtrack.

The first biography of Louisa May Alcott in 30 years, by Harriet Reisen, will be published by Henry Holt and Company in conjunction with the premiere broadcast. More information about the Louisa May Alcott Project may be found at

With deep appreciation for the citizens of marvelous Marblehead,
Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter
Project Directors
Louisa May Alcott Project