The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)

2016 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public

— 2016 ---

*Saturday, July 30
"One about Jane Austen:
Jane Austen and the State
of the Nation" 
by Dr. Sheryl Craig
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Forum Room, Plaza Library

Saturday, August 6
Planning Meeting
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Crestwood Condominiums
Kansas City, MO

Saturday, August 13
The Unknown Ajax
by Georgette Heyer
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Home of Gaye Stevick Foutch
Contact: Gaye Stevick Foutch

*Saturday, September 24
At Home with Miss Austen
by Frank Farmer Loomis IV
12:30-4:00 p.m.
Lens 2 Room
Nelson-Atkins Museum
Contact: Vicki Jones

Saturday, October 1
AGM Steering Committe
Corinth Library
Contact: Julienne Gehrer

October 21-23
Annual General Meeting
Emma: "No One But Herself"
Washington, D.C.

*November 12
JASNA-KC Regency Ball
Contact: Leah Wilson

December 10
Jane Austen Birthday Tea
& Whist
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact: Becky Malomo

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Join us for Dr. Sheryl Craig’s Presentation

One About Jane: Jane Austen and the State of the Nation

On Saturday, July 30, 2016 1:00-3:00 P.M.

The Plaza Library Forum Room, 4801 Main Street

Sponsored by JASNA Metropolitan Kansas City Region

and the Kansas City, MO Public Library

We are privileged to have Dr. Sheryl Craig as our presenter in this third part of our 2016 series One By Jane, One Because of Jane, and One About Jane. Dr. Craig will be discussing her book Jane Austen and the State of the Nation with an emphasis on Chapter 6, “Emma and William Pitt’s Utopia.”

Jane Austen remains famous today for the six excellent novels in which she reflects on the life of British landed gentry of the Georgian and Regency periods. Critics often say she did so at the expense of meaningful commentary on the politics of the day. Not so says Dr. Sheryl Craig. In her book Jane Austen and the State of the Nation, Dr. Craig explores references to politics and political economics and concludes that Jane was a liberal Tory who remained consistent in her political agenda throughout her career as a novelist.

Dr. Craig has published dozens of articles on Jane Austen in Persuasions, the Explicator, Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, and on the websites of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Chawton House Library in England. In addition, Dr. Craig is the editor of the newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America; she was JASNA’s International Visitor to England in 2008 and a JASNA Traveling Lecturer in 2012. She has lectured on Jane Austen in 17 states, 3 Canadian provinces, England, and Scotland. She holds a PhD in nineteenth-century British literature from the University of Kansas and teaches in the English and Philosophy Department at the University of Central Missouri.

An informal tea begins at 1:00 P.M. with Dr. Craig presenting at 2:00 P.M. This program is open to the public. Registration is now open.  Please register here.



The JASNA Metropolitan Kansas City Region &

The Jane Austen Society of North America


At Home with Miss Austen:

Tea and Talk with Frank Farmer Loomis IV

Saturday, September 24, 2016

12:30-4:00 P.M.

The Lens II Room

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street

Kansas City, Missouri  64111

Frank Farmer Loomis, antiques expert, is a well-known personality in the Cincinnati area and is nationally known as a former appraiser for Antiques Roadshow.  A professional appraiser for more than 35 years, he is an author, lecturer, and instructor.  He is also the writer and producer for the PBS television series Is It Antique Yet? as well as the public radio host for the FM WMKV program, “Keep Antiquing,” where he presented the “charisma of antiques, the heartbeat of history, great art, and magnificent architecture.”

Mr. Loomis will combine all of these attributes in a visual presentation of the fine and decorative arts found in the manor homes of Georgian-Regency England.  His references will include the estate of Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight, in Chawton as well as the Chawton cottage where Jane Austen spent her last eight years.  In addition, details from the Hartfield manor house in Emma will be included.  Participants are in for a treat as Mr. Loomis’s speaking style has been described as “lively, laced with anecdotes, often humorous and never boring!”

A high tea catered by Roselle Court Restaurant and a walk led by Mr. Loomis through The Nelson-Atkins galleries with relevant artifacts is included.


Look for registration to open in August on our website

The cost for the tea & talk is $35.00
Parking is an additional $8.00. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art members park free.

Please join us for an afternoon of talk and tea with Jane Austen and Frank Loomis!


Our 2016 events celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Emma.

Watch our events calendar for members-only gatherings 
as well as those marked with an * which are open to the general public. 
Kindly note that registration is required.