Let your light shine

What was it like to live in the 1800s? Catherine Dixon is someone who can tell you. She belongs to a group of girls who do volunteer work at The Wayside in Concord, Massachusetts. This is the historic home of the Alcott family. Every year many tourists from all over visit the home. Catherine and her friends put on performances for them, reenacting historic events. They play the roles of the Alcott children. In one of their performances, for example, they are talking to a runaway slave whom the Alcotts are hiding in their house.

Helping other people understand more about the 19th century gives Catherine a good feeling. This volunteer work has sparked her interest in history, research, and drama. And Catherine has also gained a love of writing through reading some of the letters and journals of Louisa May Alcott, who wrote the book Little Women.

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