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 2017, the Region's meeting dates are: March 4th (spring meeting); June 11th (summer meeting); September 24th (autumn meeting); and Sunday, December 3rd (winter meeting).

2017 Region Events

Spring Meeting

Whispering in Her Ear: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare
Luncheon and Presentation by Darrel Walters, Ph.D.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
11:30 AM — 3:30 PM
Joseph Ambler Inn
Bonniemeade Room
1005 Horsham Road
North Wales, PA 19454

Shakespeare and Austen


After a delicious lunch (with a choice of entrée) at the historic Joseph Ambler Inn, former Temple University professor Darrel Walters will delight us with a talk about Jane Austen's admiration of William Shakespeare. Although Austen lived two hundred years after the Bard, she was greatly influenced by his writings, especially his sonnets. Dr. Walters will reveal places in Austen's works that reflect this influence and will interpret and recite, for our enjoyment, the corresponding sonnets. "Anyone can put words on paper" says Walters, "but only a few preeminent authors — Shakespeare and Austen among them — offer readers a treasure trove of the kind of fun that Frost writes about [when he says], 'all the fun's in how you say a thing.'"

Darrel WaltersAbout our guest speaker: Dr. Darrel Walters, a former educator with his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, retired recently to a writing career from a professorship at Temple University, where he chair of the Music Education and Music Therapy program. In addition to his concentration in music, Dr. Walters has had a life-long passion for great literature and writing. He has published books on writing and education assessment, a book for teens, and a collection of children's verses. In 2016, his book, The Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare: 32 Sonnets Made Thoroughly Accessible was published by Rowman and Littlefield. A collection of poetry by Dr. Walters is awaiting publication.

Meeting fees:
$25 for JASNA members
$35 for non-JASNA members

Fee includes three-course luncheon with a mixed green salad, tea and coffee and a choice of entrée and dessert

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Registration for this program is now closed

Summer Meeting

From Hampshire to Haverford — Jane Austen, Autograph Collection, and One Letter's Journey

Luncheon and Talk by Sarah Horowitz, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Haverford College

Sunday, June 11
12 PM — 3 PM
Haverford College
370 West Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041

Sarah Horowitz

Sarah M. Horowitz, Haverford College

On June 23, 1814, Jane Austen wrote, as she frequently did, to her sister Cassandra. After Cassandra's death the letter was passed down in the family, and eventually became part of the collections of Haverford College through a gift from the noted autograph collector Charles Roberts. What can this letter and its journey tell us about Jane Austen and interest in her work? In her talk, Sarah Horowitz will explore these and other questions about why this letter's journey matters. Attendees will be able to view this extraordinary Austen letter.

About Our Speaker: Sarah M. Horowitz is Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts and Head of Quaker & Special Collections at Haverford College. She holds a master's of library science with a specialization in rare books from Indiana University and an MA in English from Western Illinois University. She has written on teaching undergraduates with primary sources, and late nineteenth century illustrated books, including the work of Jane Austen.

Meeting fees:

Members $25
Non-Members: $35

Fee Includes buffet luncheon of delicious summer salads and sandwiches.

Registration for the summer meeting is now closed.

The Summer Event is supported in part with funds provided by the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA

Autumn Meeting

What Jane Saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Tour of the Museum's British Art and Architecture Collection

Sunday, September 24, 2017
11 AM

The Woodlands

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Portrait of Master Bunbury
by Sir Joshua Reynolds at the PMA

Join us on Sunday, September 24 at 11 a.m. for an expert, docent-led tour of the British Art and Architecture galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). While Austen never visited Philadelphia, nearly all of the works we will see were painted before or during her lifetime. In fact, Austen actually did view one of the art works in the PMA's collection. A painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Portrait of Master Bunbury, was included in an exhibition held at the British Institution in Pall Mall, London, which Austen attended.

The PMA's impressive collection of British art from the 18th and early 19th centuries was the catalyst for the completion of the construction of the extraordinary Greek revival Philadelphia Museum of Art building on the Parkway. Philadelphia cotton merchant John Howard McFadden left his collection of British art to the city in 1921 contingent on the construction of a suitable museum to house his art treasures within seven years of his death. The galleries we will visit on September 24 were the first opened to the public at the new museum in March 1928.

Besides the glorious paintings, we will also learn more about the rich wood paneled galleries, complete with mantelpieces, doorways and other architectural elements that re-create the scale of the grandeur of English country houses and showcase McFadden's notable collection. "The juxtaposition of period interiors and objects presents a rich and immersive view of affluent English country life between 1730 and 1820," according to the PMA. Other decorative arts are on display such as implements designed for fashionable dinners as well as the early production of English porcelain and "China."

The autumn program is priced at $25 for members and $30 for non-JASNA members. Fee includes the tour and all day admission to the Museum.

Winter Meeting

Jane Austen Talks About Turning 242- A Celebration of Her Life and Legacy

Our annual birthday party for Jane with our usual food, fun and games

Sunday, December 3, 2017
1 PM - 4 PM
Rosemont College
Main Building
1400 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010

Bring a sweet or savory to share and come prepared for fun and food! Jane will answer all of your questions about what it's like to be an icon at 242! We will also unveil the gorgeous Austen quilt and begin selling raffle tickets for it.

Refreshments included. Registration required. $5 fee includes one raffle ticket for the fabulous birthday basket if you use PayPal.

Photo Credit: Photographs courtesy of our speakers