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Boston declares Wednesday ‘Little Women Day’

Jan Turnquist wears period garb at the William Hickling Prescott House on Beacon Hill on Wednesday. City officials proclaimed Dec. 18 as "Little Women Day" in Boston from the steps of the Prescott House.
Jan Turnquist wears period garb at the William Hickling Prescott House on Beacon Hill on Wednesday. City officials proclaimed Dec. 18 as "Little Women Day" in Boston from the steps of the Prescott House.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/David L Ryan, Globe Staff

City officials proclaimed Wednesday as “Little Women Day” in Boston from the staircase at the William Hickling Prescott House where the “Little Women” movie was filmed.

Tania Del Rio, the executive director of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s women’s advancement office, read the mayor’s proclamation at the Prescott House.

“The upcoming ‘Little Women’ film was shot in locations throughout Boston, an ideal setting given the city’s evocative architecture and neighborhoods,” the proclamation said. “I urge all my fellow Bostonians to join me in appreciating Louisa May Alcott’s great literary contributions as we look forward to the upcoming release of the ‘Little Women’ film.”

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“Little Women” is an adaptation of Alcott’s iconic 1868 novel. The new adaptation, directed by Greta Gerwig, is the seventh to hit the big screen. It opens Dec. 25.

Those in attendance for the city's "Little Women Day" proclamation on Dec. 18, 2019 at the Prescott House on Beacon Hill.
Those in attendance for the city's "Little Women Day" proclamation on Dec. 18, 2019 at the Prescott House on Beacon Hill. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/David L Ryan, Globe Staff

The movie was filmed around Boston, including at the Prescott House at 55 Beacon St. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, and Timothée Chalamet.

“[Gerwig] walked in this house, and she was just so entranced and enchanted by it. She just found the staircase compelling. And I could see her eyes rolling like a film, taking things in and seeing scenes,” said Andrea Sahin, the president of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which owns the Prescott House.

The Prescott House was built in 1808 and is a national historic landmark where historian William Hickling Prescott once lived, according to the organization. Jan Turnquist, the executive director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, portrayed Alcott on Wednesday in a 19th-century dress with a hoop skirt.

“Little Women” filmed at the house in Dec. 2018, Sahin said. The actresses filmed a ball scene and an argument between Watson’s and Chalamet’s characters.

"Little Women" books and photos on display inside the Prescott House.
"Little Women" books and photos on display inside the Prescott House. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/David L Ryan, Globe Staff

“They had a little tete-a-tete over there, after a little bit of a spat in [the parlor], saying, ‘You’re the rudest boy I’ve ever met,’” Sahin said. “We have this final shot of all the women coming down for the ball, which was really magical.”

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City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George re-created a scene from the movie with city officials including Joyce Linehan, the mayor’s chief of policy and planning, and Keiko Orrall, the executive director of the state’s office of travel and tourism.

“It’s exciting to celebrate our connection to Louisa May Alcott and to the movie that’s upcoming. It’s certainly an important piece of our history,” Essaibi-George said.

Alyssa Lukpat can be reached at alyssa.lukpat@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaLukpat.