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"Everybody has their taste in noises as well as in other matters; and sounds are quite innoxious, or most distressing, by their sort rather than their quantity. " ~ Persuasion

We are so glad you are visiting our website as “we have been wretched without you!”  The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and its regional chapters are dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen and all things Regency England!  We celebrate and study her writing, her life and the times and places in which she lived.

The Pittsburgh region normally meets 5 or more times a year for events ranging from formal teas and luncheons with speakers to informal discussions of a moderated topic.  We go to movie and play adaptations of her works, have dances, balls and Regency craft/sewing sessions.  During this time of Covid-19, we have been meeting virtually via Zoom but are slowly getting back to in person events.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a literary society in search of scintillating conversation, must always be in want of new members!   Please peruse the other sections of our website to see more of our past events, and consider joining us at one of our upcoming events!

For up to the date discussions of members, as well as information shared by related groups and websites, please check out Our Facebook Feed section.  This is updated almost daily.

This Year’s Calendar of Diversions

Portrait of Fanny Palmer Austen
Robert Field, 1810

February 4, 2023  2-4 pm EST
Narratives of a Naval Wife: Fanny Palmer Austen in Fact and Jane Austen in Fiction.
Zoom talk by Sheila Johnson Kindred
Information and Registration link

January 22, 2023  
Belated Jane Austen Birthday Celebration
Member only Tea

November 12, 2022  11:30 am -2 pm EST
Jane Austen and the Revolutionary Atlantic
Luncheon with talk by Scott Smith, PhD
Allegheny HYP Club

September 30- October 2, 2022 
JASNA National Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Victoria, British Columbia 

September 25, 2022  1-3 pm EST
The (Modern) Art of Persuasion
Group discussion of “modernized” film adaptations of Austen’s work Guided by Mell Steven-Cosnek



About us

Wall paper is from Chawton Cottage

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and its regional chapters are dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen.  We study her writing, her life and the times and places in which she lived. 

The Pittsburgh region meets 6 or so times a year in various venues around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.  Our events range from formal teas and luncheons with speakers to informal discussions of a moderated topic.  We go to movie and play adaptations of her works, have dances, balls and Regency craft/sewing sessions. 

We are slowly getting back to in person events, and are still having some Zoom speaker events as well.

We would love to have you join us !

Membership

You are welcome to attend our local events.  To receive emails about upcoming events:

On our list but not seeing our emails?  Some email providers, such as gmail, think our mass emails as villanous as Mr. Wickham!  Please check your spam folder.

If you wish to join JASNA Pittsburgh – one joins the national organization, listing Pittsburgh as your region:

Contact

“A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.”

Our email is janeaustenpgh@gmail.com.