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AETN to host free preview screening of 'Little Women' at Fort Smith Public Library

Posted 11 Apr 2018

The Arkansas Educational Television Network will host a free preview screening of "Masterpiece: Little Women" Friday, April 13, at noon at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave.

In celebration of National Library Week, this special preview screening will feature the first hour of the television adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's coming-of-age classic, "Little Women."

Loved by generations of women worldwide, "Little Women" was originally published in 1868. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

Set in Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott's semi-autobiographical story became an instant bestseller when it was published and remains one of the most widely read novels of all time. A recent Harris poll listing it as one of America's 10 favorite books confirms its enduring place in the cultural landscape.

The drama will be introduced by Tom Wing, assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and director of the university-owned Drennen-Scott Historic Site, who will give a short description of the time period to set the mood for the program. Wing's areas of expertise include, among other things, 19th century American and Civil War history.

The screening is free and open to the public. Attendees may bring lunch to eat during the screening. The library will provide drinks and dessert.

Additional information is available by contacting Diane Holwick at or 479-783-0229.

"Masterpiece: Little Women" will premiere on AETN Sunday, May 13, at 7 p.m. and conclude Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).