Our Legacy

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”  
― Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

The North Texas Region is part of a national organization, The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). JASNA had its inaugural meeting in October 1979, and has grown to more than 5,000 members in 40 years. The Society's purpose remains the same as originally established: to foster the study, understanding, and appreciation of Jane Austen's works, life, and genius.



JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America, was established in October, 1979, with 100 people attending the first meeting in Manhattan, NYC. The organization has grown to include more than 79 regions and 5,000 members in the United States and Canada.


Rosalie Sternberg Starts a Region in North Texas

JASNA North Texas was founded on a shared love of Jane Austen and her completed works.
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The North Texas region of JASNA hosted the 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ft. Worth, Texas, which celebrated the 200th publication anniversary of Sense & Sensibility. In addition to presenting renown British writer, Andrew Davies, as a plenary speaker, JASNA-NTX showed all the great hospitality that Texas is known for, while keeping Jane at the center of the celebration. 

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