Upcoming Events


Speaking Engagement: Historian, Kathy Wilson

What: Keep Calm & Read Jane Austen

Her contemporaries paid scant attention to her, and the Victorians found her passionless and parochial. Yet in the 21st Century, and age where seemingly "anything goes", the reserve and restraint, modesty and manners of Austen's characters continue to captivate many readers. Why should stories filled with what Anthony Trollope once called "sweet lessons of homely household virtue" be so popular more than 200 years after their publication? This program looks at the world of Jane Austen in an attempt to understand not only what influenced her writing, but also why we still love her books today.

In partnership with the Urbandale Public Library, JASNA Iowa will host guest speaker Kathy Wilson, B.A., M.A. A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun and interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audience.

Where: The Urbandale Public Library, 3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322

When: Saturday, October 7th at 1:00pm


2018 Planning Meeting

What: This is your chance to influence JASNA Iowa programming in the coming year. If you have any ideas for programming you would like to see, please email me ahead of time at jasnaiowa@gmail.com. We will take all into consideration and make calendar decisions at this meeting.

Where: The Beerhouse, 4810 NW 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322

When: Sunday, November 19th at 3:30pm