December 7, 2014: Jane Austen’s Museums with Crystal B. Lake

On Sunday, December 7, JASNA Dayton will celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday (December 16, 1775—this is her 239th) with tea and a talk, “Jane Austen’s Museums” by Crystal B. Lake, Assistant Professor of English at Wright State.  Many of us are familiar with Crystal as a former member of JASNA Dayton and organizer of Wright State’s splendid Pride and Prejudice gala in October, 2013.  She will talk about the growing interest in museums during Jane Austen’s lifetime and its effects on Austen’s outlook and writings.

Crystal’s talk considers the kinds of artifacts Austen might have seen in private collections and in a range of public museums that displayed zoological, biological, and archaeological specimens. Through archival research, Crystal has sought to reconstruct many of these collections and to track appearances of the artifacts in literary works. She is especially interested in reevaluating Austen's youthful History of England and Northanger Abbey for clues about how her representations of history were indebted to these kinds of collections and the popular debates they inspired.

LOCATION:  401 Millet Hall, Wright State University.  There is a parking lot behind Millet Hall that visitors may use free of charge on Sundays.  Elevators to the fourth floor are located by the door from the parking lot.

SCHEDULE

                        12:45-1:30          Arrival and Socializing
                        1:30-2:30            Talk by Crystal B. Lake
                        2:30-3:45            Tea and Toasts to Jane Austen

REFRESHMENTS:  Gary Mitchner has agreed to organize our refreshments.  Gary makes an avocation of putting on teas, lately often as fundraisers for the Peace Museum.  Our longer-term members will remember a Jane Austen tea he organized at Books & Company back in 2007 and another tea in 2009, at Marilyn Rueth’s home, in tribute to Jean Long for her work as leader of the Reading Group.  Gary will supply the tea and cups from his elegant collection and, as on the other occasions, we are to provide the rest of the menu. 

Menu:

  • Scones and jam (from Central Perc)
  • Finger sandwiches (savories) such as ham salad, egg salad, and cucumber/watercress
  • Branston pickle sandwiches (from Central Perc)
  • Cake, cupcakes, or petit fours
  • Chocolates
  • Other tea-appropriate treats
  • Punch (by the Program Committee)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  This being an uncatered party, we will need plenty of help to bring it off smoothly.  The members of the Program Committee will all be on the job, but we will need help with registration, setup, and cleanup, as well as tea sandwiches, cakes, and other delicacies.  We will be contacting people later on for help on the day of the meeting, but as part of your RSVP please let us know whether you will be bringing food, and what item.

COST:  $15 

RSVP by December 4 with a check made out to JASNA Dayton.  Mail your check along with contact information (phone number or e-mail) and menu item to:

Mary Ann Gasior
2727 Old Whipp Court
Centerville, OH 45440 

For questions contact Mary Ann at 937-434-5992 or gasiormaryann@yahoo.com.


January 11, 2015: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol. I, Chapter 18 (Continuous: 11 – 18). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


February 8, 2015: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol. II, Chapter 4 (Continuous: 19 – 27). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


April 12, 2015: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol. II, Chapter 12 (Continuous: 28 – 35). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


November 8, 2015: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol. II, Chapter 19 (Continuous: 36 – 42). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


January 10, 2016: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol III, Chapter 5 (Continuous: 43 – 47). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


February 14, 2016: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will continue its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol III, Chapter 12 (Continuous: 48 – 54). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


April 10, 2016: Reading Group Meeting

The Reading Group will conclude its discussion of Pride and Prejudice. This month we will read through Vol III, Chapter 19 (Continuous: 55 – 61). Visit the Reading Group page for more information.


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