Live Video Chat Will Introduce Siouxland Libraries Customers to Jane Austen’s House Museum in England

Without leaving Sioux Falls, admirers of Jane Austen, the author of Pride and Prejudice and other classics, can learn about Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, England. The live video chat is set for Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Siouxland Libraries Oak View Branch, 3700 East Third Street.

It was at Chawton that Austen wrote, revised, and had published all her major works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, EmmaNorthanger Abbey, and Persuasion. She moved there in 1809 with her mother, sister Cassandra, and friend Martha Lloyd after a period spent living in lodgings. In May 1817, after a period of ill health, Austen left the village to seek medical treatment. She died two months later on July 18, 1817. 

Today, Jane Austen’s House Museum is one of the most important literary sites in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. It holds an important collection of objects associated with the author, including letters she wrote and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewelry, first editions of her books, furniture, textiles, and the table at which she wrote her much loved novels.

In order to guarantee your seat, registration is required at or by calling the Oak View Branch at 367-8060. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation as a courtesy to those on the wait-list.   

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Human Relations Office at 605‑367‑8745 (voice), 605-367-7039 (TTY), or at least 72 hours before the event.

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