The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)

2017 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public

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April 8
One Because of Jane:  Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Presenter:  Vicki Jones
1:00-3:00 P.M:
McCrite Plaza
Contact: Leah Wilson

April 29
*Panel on Illness, Death, and Jane Austen
Informal Tea 12:30 P.M.
Program at: 1:30-3:30 P.M.
Q&A approx. 2:20 P.M.
Cheryl Kinney and Sheryl Craig
Plaza Library Forum Room
Contact: Sandy Lane

May 6
Northanger Abbey Film Fest
12:00-7:00 P.M.
The View Condominiums
Contact:  Leah Wilson

June 10
Whist in Brookside
1:00-4:00 P.M.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Becky Malomo

July 14-16
Jane Austen Festival in Louisville

August 5
Annual Planning Meeting
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Leah Wilson

August 12
Faro’s Daughter, Georgette Heyer Group
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Home of Valerie Hodges-Sporn
Contact:  Valerie Hodges-Sporn

September 9
Box Hill at the Midwest Tea Festival
Contact:  Leah Wilson

October 6-8
“Jane Austen in Paradise:  Intimations of Immortality”
Huntington Beach, California


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Illness, Death, and Jane Austen


Dr. Sheryl Craig and Dr. Cheryl Kinney

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Informal Tea at 12:30 P.M.
Program at 1:30- 3:30 P.M.
Q&A approx. 2:20 P.M.

Plaza Library
4801 Main St., Kansas City. MO 

Jane Austen’s enduring appeal may stem from the romanticism and wit of her writing. But there is fascination, too, with the uncertain circumstances of her death July 18, 1817, at the relatively young age of 41. Was it from Addison’s disease, as perhaps most popularly suggested? From Hodgkin’s disease, arsenic poisoning, tuberculosis, or typhus?

Approaching its 200th anniversary, two Austen experts look at the novelist’s passing in the English city of Winchester. Dallas, Texas, physician Dr. Cheryl Kinney focuses on Austen in looking at illness and death in Georgian England. The University of Central Missouri’s Dr. Sheryl Craig discusses Georgian funerals and burials, likewise spotlighting Austen and her modest service and interment in Winchester Cathedral.


The event is presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America, Metropolitan Kansas City Region and the Plaza Library.  This event is open to the public.

Dr. Sheryl Craig, PhD

Dr. Cheryl Kinney, M.D.

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McCrite Plaza
1201 NW Tullison Road
Kansas City, MO  64116

Part Two of our discussion series One By, One Because of, and One About Jane Is coming!  Part One One By Jane:  Northanger Abbey led by Dr. Jenny Rytting was an overwhelming success, and we expect Part Two One Because of Jane:  Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid led by Victoria Jones to be another successful event.  This discussion series in which our members read a novel by Jane, a novel inspired by Jane, and a nonfiction work about Jane has been relevant and welcomed by novice and veteran Janeites alike.

We are so fortunate that we have members who are knowledgeable and ready to share their expertise with our membership.  Vicki Jones follows in the footsteps of members Dr. Jenni Frangos, Jan Lewis, Dr. Sheryl Craig and Dr. Jenny Rytting, all who have led vital presentations for this discussion series.  We think Jane would approve and applaud their regional efforts to bring more awareness of her novels!

An avowed bibliophile, Victoria Jones has taught English for over 40 years. Since completing an MA in English at UMKC, she has taught courses ranging from British Literature to AP Lit. and College Credit Composition. Vicki has taught levels from 9th grade to 600 level courses at Rockhurst University. In addition to her love of Jane, Arthurian legends, contemporary literature, the Harlem Renaissance, and graphic novels are her passion. Vicki received a NEH grant to study King Arthur in the Middle Ages, which resulted in the writing of a curriculum for the Missouri University Long-Distance Learning Center. She has also published curriculum through The Center on Learning for works such as Pride and Prejudice (naturally), The Book Thief, Fahrenheit 451, Maus, Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and The Power of One. Currently, Vicki teaches Advanced Junior ELA and College World Lit. part-time at Liberty North High School.

This JASNA Metropolitan Kansas City Region presentation is a MEMBER ONLY Event!

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