JASNA MD was established in 1979 as “JASNA Baltimore”. Henry G. Burke, a prominent Baltimorean, was one of the three founders of the Jane Austen Society of North America. He was also the guiding force and benefactor to the nascent “JASNA Baltimore”. Our region’s name was later changed to JASNA Maryland.
We are 200 plus Austen fans strong. Most of our members hail from the Free State, but some have a DC, Virginia or Pennsylvania zip code.
We gather formally twice a year for a summer meeting (in July) and a birthday party (in early December.) Occasionally small groups meet between the larger forums to catch a play based on one of Austen’s novels, to craft an Austen inspired Christmas ornament or to play Regency games. We may even revive local book clubs one day.
Programs are planned by a committee. Anyone who has an idea for a program may submit the idea and participate in planning an event.
Current Committee Members are:
Rita Baker-Schmidt (Regional Coordinator)
Peggy Maxson (Treasurer)
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING ADDITIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS to help us plan events and AD-HOC COMMITTEE MEMBERS to help us run the Programs.
Elections for Regional Coordinator and Treasurer are held every two years in December. Nominations are open to all standing members.
Links… Jane Austen Society of North America (National) http://jasna.org/
Jane Austen Society in the United Kingdom http://www.janeaustensoci.freeuk.com/
Goucher College Library - Jane Austen Collection http://www.goucher.edu/the-library/special-collections-and-archives/special-collections
2016 AGM, EMMA at 200 “No On But Herself” in Washington, DC http://jasna.org/agms/washingtondc/index.html
Emma In America http://emmainamerica.org/
The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Will & Jane exhibit http://www.folger.edu/exhibitions/will-and-jane
JASNA MARYLAND Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/JASNAmaryland/
Please contact us at the following email address to make a suggestion or volunteer: JASNA.Rita@comcast.net.
Meet the Coordinators…