The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)
Founded 1995



2019 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public


July 12-14

Jane Austen Festival in Louisville


August 10

Annnual Planning Meeting

1:00-3:00 PM

Crestwood Condominiums


August 17

Georgette Heyer: Venetia

1:00-3:00 PM

Home of Valerie Hodges-Sporn


October 4-6

AGM in Williamsburg, VA


November 9 (Tentative)

*Jane Austen Regency Ball

6:30-9:30 PM

(Place TBD)


December 8 or 15 (Tentative)

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

1:00-3:00 PM

Place TBD

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Benefits of Our Polite Society

The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  JASNA is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers, with approximately 4,800 members in over 70 regional groups in the United States and Canada.  Our members are of all ages and come from diverse walks of life, yet we share an enjoyment of Austen’s fiction and the company of like-minded readers.

Annual and Lifetime Membership in JASNA is available at various levels. Each includes:
-    A subscription to The JASNA News published three times a year
-    A copy of Persuasions, our annual scholarly journal
-    An invitation to our Annual General Meeting held at a different North American city each year
-    Special travel and research opportunities
-    Association with Austen-related sites in England for restoration and preservation

Please note that our membership year runs September 1 through August 31. Members who join in July or August are automatically enrolled for the following membership year. Why not save yourself the trouble of renewing and become a Lifetime Member!

To join or read more about JASNA,  visit our website at 

The Metropolitan Kansas City Region spans to include the entire state of Kansas and western Missouri. We have over 70 members who come together throughout the year to celebrate the genius of Jane Austen. Our group includes a wide range of ages and interests, from film buffs to scholars. No matter how you were first introduced to the author’s works, you’re welcome to join us and share our passion for all things Austen.  

Click to read our Region's BYLAWS. 

Area residents who join JASNA  automatically become a part of JASNA-KC.
In addition to the greater JASNA benefits, Regional members also enjoy:  
-    Advanced notice, priority registration, and discounted prices for special events
-    Attending the annual Box Hill Picnic and Jane Austen December birthday celebration
-    Borrowing materials from our lending library
-    Participation in business meetings
-    Voting in the election of officers and amendments to bylaws
-    Planning and execution of events

Highlights of 2019 local events:
May 25 - "Thoughts on Northanger Abbey" presented by Ted Benditt
June 1 - Box Hill Picnic

Highlights of 2018 local events:
March 3 - “Reading Jane Austen Through the Lens of the Law:  Legal issues in Austen's Life and Works” presented by Karen Hornig
April 21 - “Jane Austen:  The Awakening of a Media Tycoon” presented by Karen Kelleher Bacon
June 9 - Box Hill Picnic
August 11 - Annual Planning Meeting
September 27 - 30 - 2018 AGM hosted by our own Metropolitan Kansas City Region! "Persuasion: 200 Years of Constancy and Hope”
November 10 - Persuasion Film Fest
December 15 - Jane Austen Birthday Tea - Women's Rights in Georgian England presented by Dr. Sheryl Craig

Highlights of 2017 local events:
February 11 - Regency Sewing Party
March 3 - Evening of Country Dancing 
March 4 - Whist in Warrensburg
April 8 - One Because of Jane: Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid led by Vicki Jones
April 29 - Illness, Death, and Jane Austen with Dr. Sheryl Craig and Dr. Cheryl Kinney
May 6 - JASNA-KC Film Fest 
June 10 - Whist In Brookside

August 5 - Annual Planning Meeting
August 12 - Georgette Heyer discussion, Faro's Daughter, led by Valerie Hodges-Sporn 
September 9  - Midwest Tea Festival (substitute for the Box Hill Picnic)
November 4 - 
One About Jane: The Real Jane Austen, A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne, led by Cathy Blake and Leah Wilson
December 2 - Jane Austen Birthday Tea, An Overview of the 2018 AGM presented by Julienne Gehrer

Highlights of 2016 local events:
April 11 - Traveling Libraries
May 28 - Read It / Watch It:

June 13 - Box Hill Picnic at Jones Farm in Liberty
August 8 - Planning Meeting 
September 24 - At Home with Miss Austen
November 12 - Jane Austen Regency Ball 

December 10 - Jane Austen Birthday Celebration 

Highlights of 2015 local events: Living in Jane Austen's World
February 14 - AGM Kickoff Party and Brainstorm
March 15 - Whist at the Woodburys
April 18 - Spring Gala: The History of Tea with Julia Matson of Bingley's Teas
May 30 - Read It / Watch It: The Jane Austen Book Club
June 13 - Box Hill Picnic at Jones Farm in Liberty
August 8 - Planning Meeting 
September 19 - The Language of Fans with Melinda MacDace Slater
November 9 - Jane Austen Regency Ball 
December 12 - Jane Austen Birthday Celebration 

Highlights of 2014 local events: Mansfield Park 200th Anniversary
January 26 - Mary & Henry Crawford discussion at Valerie Hodges' home

February 15 - Whist at the Woodburys
March 22 - Did Jane Austen Prefer a Plain Dish to a Ragout? with Julienne Gehrer
April 5 - Mansfield Park with Andrea Broomfield
May 4 - Mansfield Park Film Fest
June 21 - Box Hill Picnic at Historic Harris Kearney House
August 10 - Planning Meeting and Officer Elections
August 16 - Georgette Heyer Book Discussion: Frederica
October 18 - Jane Austen Regency Ball with UMKC & Midwest Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
November 9 - Mansfield Park Film Fest
December 7 - Jane Austen Birthday Celebration at Anna's Teas in Liberty 

Highlights of 2013 local events: Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary 
February 23 – Pride and Prejudice Film Fest
March 24 – Pride and Prejudice Discussion (Vol.1) with Dr. Jennifer E. Frangos
April 27 – An Afternoon at Pemberley with Iris Lutz, Nancy Robinson, Dr. Sheryl Craig
May 5 – Pride and Prejudice Film Fest
June 2 – Box Hill Picnic
July 28 – Pride and Prejudice Discussion (Vol.2) with Vicki Jones
August 11  – Georgette Heyer Book Discussion
October 19 – Pride and Prejudice Discussion (Vol.3) with Dr. Dorice Elliott
November 2 - Pride and Prejudice Film Fest
December 14 - Jane Austen Birthday Tea with Dr. Sheryl Craig

Highlights of 2012 local events:
January 22 – Business and Planning Meeting
February 11 – Regency Romance Writers with Kara Louise and Christie Kennard
March 31 – Jane Austen for Dummies by Dr. Joan Klingel Ray
April 22 – The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen Book Discussion
May 12 – Participation in Jane Austen Tea at John Wornall House Museum
June 3 – Box Hill Picnic
July 29 – Planning Meeting
August 12  – Georgette Heyer Book Discussion
September 15 – Whist in Warrensburg
October 21 - Jane Austen Harvest Dance, Alexander Majors House Barn
December 16 - Jane Austen Birthday Tea, Guest Speaker Sandy Lerner 

Highlights of 2011 local events:  
January 29 – Business and Planning Meeting
March 13 – KMOS-TV Jane Austen Night Pledge Drive
March 27 – English Country Dance Lesson
April 9 – Searching for Jane Austen Lecture, Tea and Tour, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
May 1 – Princess Diana Exhibit, Union Station
June 12 – Box Hill Picnic & Tour, John Wornall House Museum
June 25 – Bonnet Workshop by Deanna Smith
August 7  – Sense and Sensibility with Prof. Andrea Broomfield, Plaza Library
September 25 – The Music of Jane Austen, Soprano Sarah Tannehill
October 30 - Medical Issues in Jane Austen’s Day by Prof. Lynda Payne
December 11 - Jane Austen Birthday Tea & Regency Economy Lecture by Dr. Sheryl Craig, Plaza Library