On May 5, in the Crystal Ballroom of Chicago's Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, JASNA-GCR (Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Chicago Chapter) held its Spring Gala, Chawton Comes to Chicago, a day of excellent presentations, good food, shopping, meeting and greeting old friends and new.
Jeff Nigro, JASNA-GCR's regional coordinator, welcomed everyone and enumerated the events of the day.
Elizabeth Garvie, long a favorite of Janeites as the "real" Elizabeth Bennett for her role in the 1980 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, gave a charming performance of selections from Jane Austen's life and works, "Jane Austen Delights."
Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul as Lizzy and Darcy
Victoria Hinshaw and Lindsay Ashford
It seems impossible that the library is already about to celebrate it's tenth anniversary. Where have all these years gone? On the other hand, it his hard to imagine the world in the village of Chawton, of Austen studies, or of on-line availability of many heretofore impossible-to-find novels without the library and its holdings. For more information, here is the website.
JASNA-GCR Program Chair Elisabeth Lenckos and Steve Lawrence
Karen and Victoria with a Chawton House Library poster
Sandy Lerner, seated, and Diane Capitani, JASNA-GCR education outreach coordinator
Dr. Lerner is the founder and benefactor of the Chawton House Library; all proceeds from the sale of Second Impressions are donated to the library. She told us of her many acquisitions of novels by early women writers whose work, while popular at the time, was never catalogued in libraries or preserved in any organized fashion. She particularly was interested in works such as letters and diaries which might never have been published but had been saved among family papers. Of particular note, she said, were accounts of travels in the 18th and early 19th centuries, often recorded for the enjoyment of family members.
Sandy Lerner; Marsha Huff, past president of JASNA; Elizabeth Garvie
Gail Murphy, Laura Whitlock, Debra Miller and William Phillips enjoy the program.
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The lively and active JASNA-GCR group has recently updated its website, here. Please visit soon.