The Purpose of The Jane Austen Society of North America is to encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of her works and her novels. With the recent movie adaptations, the titles of Pride and Prejudice; Sense and Sensibility; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Mansfield Park and Persuasion, have become household names. So much so, that characters from these books ~ particularly Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet~ have appeared to have walked out of the pages and into our lives.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has had a proud, naval tradition with England since 1758, when the British Admiralty established a Royal Naval Dockyard, which was referred to as “The King’s Yard”.
With this close Royal Naval connection between Halifax and England, was it merely a coincidence that the last name of the British Monarch’s (King George III) representative in Nova Scotia, Sir John Wentworth, appears in the naval-themed Persuasion – whose hero was Captain Frederick Wentworth? Or, did a little piece of Nova Scotian history sail across the Atlantic into the pages of Jane Austen’s last completed novel?
Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you enjoy your stay. While here, please drop by our “Virtual tea shop” for some libation, as a “cup of tea” is not only a British tradition, but one of Maritime hospitality, as well!
Anne, an outstanding job. Haven’t had a chance to read all of the blog yet but I particularly like the picture of JA with balloons!
A fscinating and inviting website. It has moved right into my “favorites” category.Well done Anne.
Love the website Anne. Thank you so much for the passion and time to create this for all of us!
Hello from JASNA Vancouver, it is lovely to see your website up and running – so interesting to see what you are up to. If any of our members are visiting in Nova Scotia we can now see who to contact to come to one of your meetings. (BTW, I took the liberty of emailing JASNA Canada’s website to let them know about you, and it now has a link to your site, along with ours and that of Calgary – see http://jasna.ca/regionalwebsites.html ). Best wishes!
Another greeting from Vancouver! Your web-site is a delight to visit as it exhibits “all the Worth & all the prompt welcome” which Austen herself believed truly reflected naval character and circumstances.
Now that one of our valued members, Dr. Catherine Morley, will be moving from our region to yours, we look forward to increased contact from one coast to another.
Is there any costume museum to visit while in Halifax? Or any local teas? Or meetings we can
attend as guests? We are arriving Sept 20-27th. 4 women ..three historical re-enactors…Irena