The Janeite Social Calendar

Click here to see our 2020 Program Calendar

If you feel that “There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit”, then we encourage to attend any or all of these events on Jane’s social calendar for “It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.”

From lectures, teas, dances, and Jane’s Birthday there is something to attend yourself in the realm of a Janeite.  Anyway, do not fret should you find yourself required to go alone because “from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady.”

Memories are to be made and friends are to be had, “But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.

See you there!

Summer Meeting (Virtual) – Readings from Jane Austen’s Juvenalia @ Zoom!
Jun 6 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Summer Meeting (Virtual) - Readings from Jane Austen's Juvenalia @ Zoom!

We will be holding our first virtual summer meeting on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. CT to explore Austen’s often overlooked volumes of Juvenilia.

Ten JASNA-STL members have graciously volunteered to share readings representative of the range of this early work, written by Austen between the tender ages of 11 to 17 years old.

Whether or not you are familiar with the Juvenilia, you will be amused by Austen’s satirical wit and surprised by the depth of these childhood sketches intended to entertain her family.

Jennifer Darnell, JASNA-STL Treasurer & Membership Coordinator, has generously agreed to host the June meeting from her Zoom account.

You will receive an email with a detailed program with links to readings in the next few days.

Please look for an email approximately 24 hours prior to the meeting with the Zoom link. The protocols for the meeting will be included in this email.

Zoom Instructions:

If you are using Zoom for the first time and would like a tutorial, you can either email Jennifer at or look at the following YouTube tutorial:

Looking to set the Stage?  Optional Zoom Background Possibilities:

Ellen Kunkelmann, JASNA-STL Publicity Coordinator, has suggested a few options for changing your virtual background on Zoom to transport us to Austen’s England for the afternoon. Any of the following choices would be perfect for our virtual JASNA meeting.

Check out the Great Hall at Badminton, the gardens at Shute House, and the Cotswold cottage at the end!

Even more options are available online – do an online search for “Zoom virtual background” to see dozens of Zoom-ready options. You can use any image, although it may need to be resized for Zoom background use. For more information on this, visit

Please note that you can change your background on the Zoom desktop app for PC and Mac and on the mobile Zoom app for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) apps… but unfortunately the Android app does not support this feature at this time.

Ready to give it a try? Here’s a link with step-by-step instructions, tips, and helpful videos:  or

And, for maximum effect, consider pairing one of these backgrounds with your Regency finery!

Childhood in the Georgian/Regency Period @ To Be Announced
Sep 27 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
CANCELED – JASNA 2020 AGM – Jane Austen’s Juvenilia: Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution @ Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
CANCELED - JASNA 2020 AGM - Jane Austen's Juvenilia:  Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution @ Cleveland, Ohio

The 2020 AGM in Cleveland, Ohio has been canceled. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JASNA’s 2020 AGM in Cleveland has been canceled. We believe it is impossible to hold a conference this fall without undue risk to the health of our attendees, speakers, volunteers, and vendors and the communities to which they would return.  

Stephenson House Tour and Mourning Customs Exhibit @ 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House
Oct 17 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Stephenson House Tour and Mourning Customs Exhibit @ 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House

Followed by High Tea at Queen’s Cuisine Tearoom

Please note: This event is for Members & their guests only. 

Reservations are required.

Note: This is a ticketed event.


Birthday Luncheon and Scenes from “Lady Susan” @ To Be Announced
Dec 5 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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