About JASNA

The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose purpose is set forth in its Vision and Mission statements:

Vision

Because literature has the power to change and enrich our lives, we want to see more people reading the great authors, with special emphasis on Jane Austen.

Mission

Our mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.

The Jane Austen Society of North America was founded in 1979 by Joan Austen-Leigh, Henry G. Burke, and J. David Grey.  One hundred Janeites attended the society’s inaugural dinner, October 5, 1979, at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan.  The event was covered by The New Yorker magazine in a “Talk of the Town” item, which began, “Some people who like Jane Austen got together the other evening &dhellip; .” The society’s ranks have grown considerably in the past quarter century, but its collegiality and purpose remain the same.

JASNA’s over 4,500 members are of all ages and from diverse walks of life.  In addition to members in the United States and Canada, its rolls include Austen admirers from more than a dozen countries.  Members at a local JASNA meeting may discuss an Austen novel, hear a lecture about Austen or the Regency era, enjoy a tea or Box Hill picnic, or learn English country dancing.  Members participate in these and other activities by joining any of the more than 70 regional groups, which also celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday December 16 with a tea or luncheon.

JASNA relies for its funding primarily on membership dues and contributions.  The society also provides support to sites in England that have close ties to Jane Austen and her family. Contributions to JASNA are tax-deductible and are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt. JASNA is a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

To learn more about JASNA or to become a member, click here.

About JASNA Utah

The Utah region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (commonly known as JASNA) was founded by Aspen L. Anderson on May 10, 2010, in Salt Lake City. Finding no organized group nearby to celebrate the work and admirers of Jane Austen, Aspen took on the task of creating the Utah chapter, including events in fête of one of history’s most beloved authors. Members pay dues to JASNA and enjoy tea parties, literary and period events, a book club, and the annual Regency Romance Ball.

JASNA Utah and its members express their grateful appreciation for the efforts of Aspen in establishing our regional chapter and to Aspen, Kimberli and Laura for the founding of the Regency Romance Ball. We also thank the many volunteers who have contributed to the success of JASNA Utah. Special thanks to Blair E. Spence, Brian Fogelberg and Avant8 for the design of our beautiful website.

About The Regency Romance Ball

The first JASNA Utah Regency Romance Ball was held in February of 2011, organized by Aspen L. Anderson, Kimberli Grant of Old Glory Vintage Dancers, and Laura Bedore of Mask Costumes. Attendees enjoyed a full and authentic English dinner and learned the steps to popular dances of Jane Austen’s time, all while dressed in the Regency couture of season. The ball has grown to two nights each February each Valentine’s Day weekend and is a consistently sold-out event.

The 2015 JASNA Utah Regency Romance Ball is on February 13 and 14 at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple. For more details and tickets to this annual celebration of Jane Austen’s world, visit our Events page. See photos from the 2014 ball in our Gallery.

JASNA Utah Region Board History

May 2010-December 2013
President: Aspen L. Anderson
Treasurer: Elizabeth Mahas

December 2013-December 2014
President: Aspen L. Anderson
Vice President: Blair E. Spence
Secretary: Jennifer Reid
Treasurer: Elizabeth Mahas

December 2014-Present
President: Blair E. Spence
Vice President: Jennifer Reid
Treasurer: Elizabeth Mahas