Program of Events

The Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA holds three or four meetings a year. Our meetings are typically held in March or April (spring meeting), June (summer meeting), September (autumn meeting) and December (winter meeting). Specific dates in any year may fluctuate to account for holidays and the availability of speakers and sites of interest to JASNA members and their guests. JASNA members affiliated with the Region will receive up-to-date information about the Region's events through e-mail notices and Bits and Scraps, the Region's quarterly newletter. Some meetings may be open only to members of JASNA. If you are not a member of JASNA, we encourage you to join by visiting the JASNA Membership Page.

In 2018, the Region's meeting dates are: April 21st (Spring Meeting/Jane Austen Day); June 23rd (Summer Meeting); September 22th (Autumn Meeting); and December 2nd (Winter Meeting). Events are subject to change. All events supported in part by funds provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA.

2018 Region Events

Spring Meeting

Jane Austen Day: The Power of Persuasion

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30 AM — 4:30 PM
Merion Cricket Club
325 Montgomery Avenue
Haverford, PA 19042

The Power of Persuasion


Join us for an entire day celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Persuasion. The day features an outstanding A-list of Austen speakers: Lynn Festa, Susannah Fullerton, Whit Stillman and Juliette Wells. We will enjoy wonderful company over a light breakfast and three-course luncheon at the exquisite and historic Merion Cricket Club.

For detailed information and to register, please go to:

Registration closes April 13 or when event is sold out.

Summer Meeting

From Handmade to Digital: Austen's Publication History

Saturday, June 23,2018
12 PM — 3 PM
Free Library of Springfield Township
8900 Hawthorne Lane
WYndmoor, PA 19038

Northanger Abbey

Margaret "Maggie" Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook and Jane Austen Cover to Cover, will share the colorful history of the publication of Austen's works in many places and in many formats. Location is the recently opened public library in Springfield Township in Montgomery County.

Details to come. Registration will open in May.

Autumn Meeting

Jane Austen and the Gothic Novel


Thank you to all that registered for making this event one of our most popular!
Please note, that we will not be accepting any new registrations at this time.  As with any event, there may be a cancelation or two which would make a seat available.  If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email me, Christopher Duda, at  Be sure to include your name and email address in the email.  If a registration spot does become available, I will email you a registration invoice via PayPal.  Please note that all waitlist entries will be handled online only.  No mail-in wait list entries will be accepted.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 
1pm - 3pm
The Rosenbach Library
2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Jane Austen and the Gothic Novel

Join Edward Pettit, Poe and Austen expert, at the beautiful Rosenbach Library for a spine-tingling afternoon exploring Northanger Abbey and the Regency era's fascination of the Gothic.  The Rosenbach will have on display their collection of Jane Austen novels.  Afterwards, all attendees are invited to stay and tour the library at their leisure, including exploring The Rosenbach’s other exhibits and extensive collection of rare books.

This event is open to all JASNA Members, non-JASNA members, and members of The Rosenbach Library.  The admission price for the event is only $15.00.  Seating is limited for this event and we expect it will sell out, so you are encouraged to register early.  Registration is now open and closes on September 19th, or when event is sold out.

Additional Event Details

Please note, that out of respect for The Rosenbach’s policies, exhibits, and collections, no food or beverages will be available during the event.  For those interested, a JASNA Board Member or a member of The Rosenbach staff can direct you to some of the many restaurant options near the event. 

This event is funded in part by JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania.

Winter Meeting

A Celebration of Jane Austen's Birthday

Sunday, December 2, 2018
1 PM — 4 PM
Rosemont College
1400 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010

Jane Austen's Birthday Celebration

The Region's annual celebration of the birth of Jane Austen with all of the usual fun and surprises!

Details to come. Registration will open in November.

Photo Credit: Photographs courtesy of our speakers