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Upcoming Events


February 25th, 3 pm ET

"Narratives of Naval Wives: Fanny Austen in Fact and Jane Austen in Fiction"

When Fanny Palmer married Jane Austen’s younger naval brother Charles in 1807, she was
thrust into a demanding life within the world of the British navy. This t
alk will provide a vividly
personal account of what Fanny was able to share with Jane about her life as a naval wife,
information which was arguably both contextual and catalytic for Austen’s creation of her the
fictional naval wives in Persuasion



                            Sheila Johnson Kindred taught for many years in the Philosophy Department of St Mary’s
                            University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has lectured on aspects of Jane Austen’s family
                            and fiction in Canada, United States, Bermuda, Australia and England, and published fifteen
articles on Austen related topics. She is the author of the prize winning book, Jane Austen’s
Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen (2017,2018). Sheila blogs on
her website Jane Austen’s Naval World at





Saturday, July 22nd, 3 pm ET

Virtual Talk by Kathryn Duncan:

"Neither Sense nor Sensibility: A Buddhist Reading"

Though Jane Austen was unfamiliar with Buddhism, her novels share Buddhism’s understanding of human nature and how the stories we tell ourselves create suffering. Through a TED-talk style presentation that includes visuals and discussion, we will explore how Marianne and Elinor are trapped by societal concepts that prevent them from understanding true love as defined by Buddhism: equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion, and joy. Instead, “love” in the novel is attachment to concepts and material goods, leading to division and suffering. While Austen provides the happy ending, the characters of Sense and Sensibility fail to find true happiness. 


Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea & Regional Meeting

Followed by the Virtual Presentation:

"Twelve Days of Regency Christmas" with Kim Wilson

2:30 - 3 pm ET {Regional Meeting}

3 - 4 pm {Presentation}

An American Garden: Native Plants in Regency Gardens

Zoom Lecture with Margery Winters

Saturday, May 21, 2022

2:30 - 3:15 PM

What Possessed You? How Shari-Ann Savoy Rescued and Revitalized an 18th Century Connecticut Home: A Zoom Interview

January 16, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Jane Austen Birthday Zoom Tea

featuring Dr. JoAnne M. Podis

December 6, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Zoom Workshop: Jane Austen Needle Case

Presented by Kandie Carle

October 18, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

See images of the needle case and a basic supply list here.

Zoom Talk: "Jane Austen and the Material Book"

Presented by Eileen A. Horansky MA, MLIS

September 13, 2020

2:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

December 1, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

Storyteller's Cottage

750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070

Author Talk: "Jane Austen's Women: An Introduction"

Featuring author and professor Kathleen Anderson

September 14, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

Cheshire Public Library

104 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

April 5-7, 2019

"Beyond the Written Word"--An Exploration of Jane Austen's World

In conjunction with the JASNA New York Metro region.

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