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Galena LitFest: Noble Discontent: A Picnic with Louisa May Alcott (in-person)

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

In celebration of the tenth annual Galena LitFest, the Galena Public Library, is thrilled to announce the return of Debra Miller, who will portray Louisa May Alcott in the Grant Park Pavilion on Sunday, May 19 at 11 am. Tickets include a box lunch provided by Galena Bakehouse.

Poet and author, abolitionist and nurse, patriot and suffragist; Louisa May Alcott was so much more than the author of Little Women. In this 45 minute performance, the audience meets with this prolific American author at the height of her health and success. We learn of the hopes, the heartbreaks, and the experiences of Louisa May Alcott’s life from which she drew inspiration for her novels, short stories, and poems. Through excerpts from her letters and journals and published works, Louisa May Alcott speaks to you in her own words; of her childhood, her experiences as a Civil War nurse, her struggles to support her family, and the equal rights of all.

A boxed lunch, curated by Galena Bakehouse will be served before the performance. See menu below.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be purchased here or at the front desk of the Galena Public Library.  When purchasing tickets please be prepared to choose an entree, side, and dessert as well as indicate any food allergies/preferences for each member of your party. If you’d like to be seated next to a party which is registered separately, please contact Larissa Distler at the Galena Public Library, 815-777-0200 or distlerl@galenalibrary.org. We will do our best to accommodate seating requests. Ticketing will close on May 8, 2024.

Noble Discontent is a one-woman show researched, written, and performed by Debra Miller.

Debra Miller is a professional actress, vocalist and voice-over talent with over 30 years of experience as a performer for live audiences, television, and film. Debra toured the country with such prestigious children’s theater companies as Artreach, now the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, and Child’s Play Touring Theatre. Since 1997, she has traveled the country with Michael Krebs of With Lincoln Production as one of our nation’s more controversial First Ladies, Mary Todd Lincoln. In 2010 she created her own company focused on writing and producing one-woman plays in which she portrays important historical women.

Galena LitFest is organized and funded by the Galena Public Library with support from the Friends of the Galena Public Library. Events will take place February through May 2024.


Entree (choose 1)

Empanadas: 1 Beef Picadillo & 1 Cheesy Spinach Artichoke

Broccoli & Sharp Cheddar Quiche (vegetarian)

Tarragon Chicken Salad served on a Mixed Green Salad with Parmesan Crisps (gf)


Side (choose 1) (All sides are vegetarian & gf)

Creamy Chive Potato Salad

Sea Salt Kettle Chips

Fresh Fruit Cup


Dessert (choose 1)

Snickerdoodle Cookie

Peanut Butter M&M Monster Cookie

Bakehouse Macarons (gf)


May 19
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Galena Public Library
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Galena Grant Park
625 Park Avenue
Galena, IL 61036 United States
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