Spring Meeting: Visiting the Circulating Library with Jane and Cassandra

Visiting the Circulating Library with Jane and Cassandra
Saturday, March 11th
Noon to 4pm
Historic Dunham Tavern

JASNA Ohio North Coast celebrates thirty years of bringing Jane to Cleveland with a talk from JASNA President Claire Bellanti and JASNA Past President Iris Lutz

'You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's:' Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time

The Circulating Library was an 18th century social institution that was central to Jane Austen in her own life and in her fiction. In her illustrated talk Bellanti provides a brief history of the circulating library, the development of the novel, publishing in the period, and the interactions between women and the novel. The talk includes citations from Austen’s novels and letters to explain the importance of the circulating library and other forms of sharing books in Regency England.

Claire Bellanti holds an MA (European History) from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35 year career as a library professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional interests, Ms. Bellanti has lectured and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, 19th Century Silver Fork novels, and publishing Jane Austen in the 19th Century, using materials located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department. A member of JASNA since 1987, she has actively participated in local JASNA activities and served as JASNA’s Vice-President for Regions from 2010-2013. Although it can be difficult fitting more in alongside Jane Austen, her other interests include 19th European literature and history (with an emphasis on Great Britain and Russia), quilting, knitting, and gardening.

*Due to an unforseen issue Claire will be joining us remotely from her home in California.

“‛...in proportion to their family and income’: Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”

JASNA Past President Iris Lutz will join us to present an illustrated talk on houses in Jane Austen’s real and imagined worlds, shedding light on many of the homes and estates that figured in her life and novels. The visual tour will feature houses Austen lived in and visited while in Chawton, Bath, Winchester, and Kent, and Iris will share photos and impressions from trips to Jane Austen Country. Comparing the houses Austen knew with descriptions of cottages, manors, and estates in the novels, we can speculate on what Austen may have had in mind when she created Barton Cottage, Longbourn, Mansfield Park, Pemberley, Sotherton, and other fictional houses.

Join us for door prizes, a raffle and light lunch - and a
special Appearance by Jane's sister Cassandra Austen!

A voluntary donation of $10 is appreciated.

Space is limited - please RSVP by
Thursday, March 9 to

Dance Like Jane Austen

Dance Like Jane Austen
Sunday, December 11th - 1:30PM to 4:00PM

“There were more Dancers than the Room could conveniently hold, which is enough to constitute a good Ball at any time.” - Letter to Cassandra Austen. January 9, 1799.

We know how important dance was to young people in Austen’s time and to Jane Austen herself. Please celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday with us this December as we host a dance of our own! Our favorite English Country Dance expert Carol Kopp is returning to lead us in the steps. We will have live period music and we have asked Carol to extend the invitation to her friends to ensure that there will be some people at least who will go in the right direction.

Take this opportunity to try dancing as it was done in Austen’s time without fear. No need to dress in fancy gowns (but you may if you wish). Casual and comfortable is fine. Flat or athletic shoes are fine too. No worries if you are as clumsy as Mr. Collins (and some of us are!). For those who do not intend to dance, we will find a corner for a card table with instructions for the card games mentioned in Austen’s novels.

This is our annual Jane Austen Birthday meeting. We will have birthday cake and a toast to Jane Austen. To help us plan for the refreshments, RSVP by email (jasnaonc at gmail) or phone is requested, but not required.