Annual General Meeting
Winchester England 
October 9-13 2003

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Theme: "Homecoming, The Importance of Home and Family in Jane Austen's Life and Works".

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our founding, JASNA members journeyed to England in October 2003  to experience, first hand, Jane Austenís beloved country. They explored the significance of home and family in Jane Austenís works and life with distinguished Austen scholars even as  they traced her footsteps at the cherished locales from which she drew inspiration.

Winchester, which wears its history so gracefully, was the ideal choice for the conference headquarters.   We agree with the travel writer who said, ďThere are few places in England where the past has survived to delight the present quite so well.Ē  Close to Chawton, and well served by commuter rail from London, Winchester served as a  felicitous home base and staging area for our pilgrimage.

On Saturday there was a special daylong excursion  to Chawton with its rich Austenian treasures, but before we visited the village where our favorite author spent the last eight, happy years of her life, we heard the bells ring at Steventon and toured The Vyne.  We also honored Jane Austenís memory with appropriate pomp and circumstance in the magnificent 12th Century Winchester Cathedral.

 

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Harvey Hellering - AGM2003 Photography coordinator