About Your Metropolitan St Louis Region


Our beloved members of the Metropolitan St. Louis Region of JASNA have been celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen since 1980, when the first local meeting was convened with four in attendance.  Since then our numbers have grown steadily.

We usually meet four times a year.  December, of course, is reserved for the celebration of Jane’s birthday and June traditionally includes lunch and a book review or presentation.  Other programs may include a scholarly paper or a discussion of a subject that helps us to further understand the life and times of Jane Austen.  Always, there is the “company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.”

We hope you will be able to attend our programs this year:


2016 Programs


Sunday, March 13th,  2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Highbury & Cranford: Food and Community
Presented by Sheila Hwang, PhD
and Jennifer Frangos, PhD
Location:Pearson House
Webster University Campus
Public Welcomed


Saturday, April 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Emma & Empathy: A Facilitated Conversation
Presented by Robert Mai
Location:  Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109
Reservation Required
Members Only and their Guests
Saturday, June 4th,  Noon – 3:00 pm
Bending Little Minds: Harriet Smith and Henrietta Belfield
Presented by Mary Beth Wilczak
Summer Luncheon
Reservations Required
Location: Bettye Dew’s House
Members Only and their Guests
Saturday, September 17, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Readings from Emma
Location:  Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave., St. Louis, MO 631112
Public Welcomed


Saturday, December 10, Noon – 3:00pm
A Partial Knowledge of Circumstances
Presented by Bettye Dew
Annual Birthday Luncheon
Reservations Required
Members Only and their Guests




4 Responses to About Your Metropolitan St Louis Region

  1. Andromeda Williams says:

    There is a small group of us that would like to attend the December 14th event, can you please send me some more information for me to share with them? And I will sign up today for a year membership.

  2. Andromeda Williams says:

    We had such a great time we joined, there will be a few more at the next event. Thank you so much!

  3. Barb chancey says:

    Interested in attending meeting September or December. More info please….
    I went to Jane Austen Festival in Louisville this year ad had a wonderful time.

  4. Joy Melcher says:

    Regency Ball at the Mahler on Friday, April 15, 2016 – costumes required. Will our JASNA friends please join us? Live music, all dances are ‘called’ so no experience nor partner is needed! Also an optional Friday afternoon dance workshop – and a WONDERFUL speaker from the East Coast will be speaking on women’s Regency clothing worn in the St. Louis area. Ball tickets: $35. Saturday is Living History, see our website for more information. Thank you for your kind consideration. 712-310-9383

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