University of Minnesota Morris art historian Professor Julia Dabbs will speak about “Little Women and May Alcott Nieriker” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Morris Public Library community room. Nieriker was Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s sister and served as the inspiration for the Amy character in the popular book. Dabbs told the KMRS Community Connection that is wasn’t easy for a middle class woman to become an artist in the 19th century.
“She stuck with it. She became a successful artist,” noted Dabbs. “And then she also wrote about her experiences and so she was kind of a trailblazer for the young women who in the 19th century wanted to pursue an art education when that wasn’t really something terribly pleasing to most families.”
The book is still checked out frequently at the Morris Public Library. The current film version by Greta Gerwig is nominated for six Academy Awards. The Morris library will screen the 1949 film version of Little Women from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 15, which stars June Allyson, Janet Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.