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May 2 Tue 12:30 PM Mah Jongg
May 3 Wed 1 to 3 PM Afternoon Book Group
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May 10 Wed 6:45 PM General Meeting
May 15 Mon 7 PM Great Decisions
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May 23 Tue 7 PM Evening Book Group
May 31 Wed Cultural Trip

Annual Business Meeting and Speaker Susan J. Jerome
“Jane Austen: How Fashion Helped to Define Her Characters”

Date:  Wednesday, May 10th
Place: Essex Public Library, Essex
Time:  6:45 PM

After the annual business meeting our guest speaker will be Susan J. Jerome.  She will discuss the social, technological, and political changes of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries which were reflected in the notable evolution of women and men’s clothing. This program explores the many changes that occurred throughout Jane Austen’s life and how these changes influenced “fashion.” The powerpoint presentation will look at what was fashionable – real or otherwise, helping us to more fully understand how Miss Austen used fashion to help define her characters.

Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from URI’s Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. She is also a principal at CT Quilt Works, focusing on textile conservation and quilt art. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport