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And from here, we grew . . . 

 In the spring of 1997, Texas Christian University offered a class on Jane Austen in their Adult Education Program.  There were twelve students who shared the love and appreciation of everything Austen.  Nobody wanted the class to end.  We continued meeting at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Ft. Worth.  One of the students, Rosalie Sternberg, was a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and had the privilege of attending the first JASNA sponsored trip to England.  On the trip she spoke with Elsa Solander, then National President of JASNA.  She said “Rosalie you have the beginnings of a Region.” 
 
      The first meeting consisted of nine people in attendance and a plan of action was prepared.  The second meeting we had 26 people in attendance.  Our speaker was Dr. Theresa Kenney from the University of Dallas.  The growth continued, programs developed,  venues chosen, and we became the North Texas Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
 
     In October 2011, the North Texas Region had the honor and pleasure of hosting the “Annual General Meeting” of JASNA in downtown Ft. Worth.  This endeavor solidified our membership to new heights of achievement.  With over 600 people in attendance and speakers from England, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Japan and the United States, we hosted one of the best, if not the best, AGM’s. 
 
     Today we are a thriving-vibrant Region enjoying everything concerning the world of Jane Austen. 
 
                                                                                                            Rosalie Sternberg, Founder
                                                                                                            Jane Austen Society of North America
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