Registration is still open for the June 1 event at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

  • Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, and his mother, noted Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck, on “Those Who Chose To Be Idle Certainly Might: Mothers as Teachers in Jane Austen”
  • UCLA Professor Charles Lynn Batten, on “Failed Marital Relationships: Causes and Solutions in Jane Austen’s Novels.”
The Huntington Library will include a special display — just for JASNA Southwest members — of a portion of its magnificent collection of Austen and Regency-era holdings in our meeting room, Haaga Hall. These will likely include Austen’s signature in her copy of Robert Bage’s Hermsprong as well as first editions of several of her novels. This will be a real treat!
We’ll have scones and tea breads for breakfast, and afternoon tea will be served for lunch. Attendees will have the chance to view the Jane Austen bench, dedicated by JASNA Southwest in October 2017 as part of JASNA’s Annual General Meeting.
You also have the opportunity to purchase reduced admission to the Huntington grounds ($10 instead of $29) to explore on your own — or in special docent-led tours — after the meeting concludes.
Docent-led tours will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude between 3 and 3:30 p.m., depending on the tour. Space will be limited for the tours (an email signup — first come, first served — will be sent to all registrants later this month). They include:
  • Art Collections (where you can view paintings Austen herself saw in a London exhibition), led by docent Jean Uffelman
  • Chinese Garden, led by James Folsom, director of the Botanical Gardens
  • Bonsai Collection in the Japanese Garden (including the trees dedicated in the memory of JASNA member William James), led by Ted Matson, curator of the Bonsai Collection
Ted Scheinman will sign copies of his book following his presentation.
We hope to see you on Saturday, June 1, at the Huntington! Register now.