We invite you to join us in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Region by first becoming a member of JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America, which automatically assigns you to our mailing list. As well as communications from JASNA, you will receive announcements from JASNA-DC via our newsletter, The Austen Scribbler, with invitations to events and Jane Austen news.

We welcome members who are interested in every aspect of Jane Austen’s life and writing, the history of her fascinating family and the places where they lived, and the events and culture of late 18th/early 19th century England. We also enjoy learning about the arts, crafts, and fashions of the era. We explore all the current media treatments of Austen’s works as well as their many adaptations in contemporary films and novels. We learn from each other and from the different viewpoints and experiences we bring to the study of an author who remains so admired and influential today.

Upcoming events

Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.: Lecture: Speaking with Fashion: How Clothing Makes Meaning

Amelia Rauser, the Charles A. Dana professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College, will discuss how women used fashionable dress as a form of speech in the late 18th century in a lecture at Goucher College in Towson, MD. Rauser, author of The Age of Undress: Art, Fashion, and the Classical Ideal in the 1790s (Yale University Press, 2020), was a hit speaker at the 2021 JASNA AGM in Chicago. MORE INFO. (This event is not sponsored by JASNA-DC.)

Dec. 10: Annual Jane Austen birthday gathering

The D.C. region will celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday in Friendship Heights. Check back later for more details.

Welcome to the Washington, DC region of the Jane Austen Society of America (JASNA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of the works of English writer Jane Austen (1775-1817).