Key Collecting Areas: Collecting Amos Bronson Alcott

 53.  Photographic portrait of Bronson Alcott on steps of Hillside Chapel (Concord School of Philosophy building), [188-]. 

Amos Bronson Alcott

Photographic print in CFPL Photofile.  Source undetermined.

This photograph shows Bronson Alcott on the steps of Hillside Chapel, the lecture hall constructed in 1880 on the Orchard House property for sessions of the Concord School of Philosophy.  Founded by Alcott, the school opened in 1879 (the lectures for that year were held in Orchard House) and was managed with the assistance of William Torrey Harris and Franklin Benjamin Sanborn.  It featured yearly summer programs of lectures primarily on literature, education, and philosophy.  The final session was held in 1888, the year of Alcott’s death.  Alcott, Harris, Sanborn, Elizabeth Peabody, Emerson, Ednah D. Cheney, Julia Ward Howe, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson were among the school’s many speakers.


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