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.  Our region, of course, includes not only metro St. Louis but extends well into central and southern Illinois also.  We welcome all and hope to greet each of you soon.

We usually meet four times a year, though sometimes we are presented with an opportunity to present an ‘Bonus’ program.  The following format is typical for our quarterly meetings:

  • March and September –  speaker presentations, open to the public
    • Literary in nature (often presented by a professor or other academic)
    • A special area of interest to JASNA members
  • June (members-and-their-guests) – often a book review or discussion, or another topic delivered by one of our region members
  • December (members-and-their-guests) – a birthday celebration for Miss Austen – mostly light and entertaining in nature, also delivered by one of our region members

As always, there is the “company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.”, at each of regional gatherings.  Do consider attending one of our programs and enjoy our diversified programming.

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2018 JASNA -St. Louis Programs



1st Quarter

Sunday, March 25th

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm


A Travelogue Through Jane Austen’s England

Presented by Allison Roberts
Location: University City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO
Public Welcomed


2nd Quarter

Saturday, June 2th

Noon – 3:00 pm


Readings from Persuasion

Summer Luncheon
Reservations Required
Location: Bettye Dew’s House
Members Only and their Guests


3rd Quarter

Sunday, September 23

11:00 am – 4:00 pm


Comparing Two Film Versions of Persuasion

Presented by John Greenfield
Location: University City Library
6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO
Public Welcomed


4th Quarter

Saturday, December 8th

Noon – 3:00pm


Speculation and Mansfield Park

Presented by Sheila Hwang, PhD.
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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