Pride and Prejudice: A 200 Year Affair

Goucher College is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a series of events designed to honor and explore the novel that has captivated generations since first being published in 1813. For further information on the events listed below, visit or e-mail

A Special Collections & Archives Exhibition: “Pride and Prejudice: A 200 Year Affair” 
Monday, January 28, through Wednesday, July 31
Goucher College Library, the Athenaeum

Goucher College has the largest collection on Jane Austen in North America. The exhibit’s colorful visual history reflects how Pride and Prejudice has been published, adapted, translated, and loved over the past 200 years. It includes the first edition published on January 28, 1813, as well as rare and illustrated editions and collectibles.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Pride and Prejudice 200th-Anniversary Cake
Tuesday, February 5, 2-4 p.m.
Upper level of the Athenaeum

Enjoy cake and crafts, puzzles, and temporary Jane Austen tattoos. 

*Event open only to the Goucher community.

Pride and Prejudice (2005) Film Screening 
Thursday, February 7, 8-10 p.m.  
Hyman Forum, the Athenaeum

Goucher students voted the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen as their favorite version. Bring something comfortable to sit on and come enjoy popcorn and the exploits of the Bennett family.

*Event open only to the Goucher community.

Opening Reception of “Pride and Prejudice:  A 200 Year Affair”
Wednesday, February 20, 6-8 p.m.
Upper level of the Athenaeum

Come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice—see the exhibit and enjoy music, light fare, and a toast.  

Free and open to the public, but reservations should be made in advance by logging on to or by calling 410-337-6333.

Pride and Prejudice Regency Dance and Activities  
Thursday, March 7, 7-9pm 
Hyman Forum, the Athenaeum

Join the Goucher College Library for an interactive demonstration of Regency-era (1795-1837) dance by Choréographie Antique, the dance history ensemble of Goucher College, and learn how to dance better than Mr. Darcy. The evening will also feature period games, activities, and light refreshments.

Free and open to the public, but reservations should be made in advance by logging on to or by calling 410-337-6333.

“Reading Pride and Prejudice From Afar” Talk
(followed by tea reception)
Saturday, April 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Special Collections and the Batza Room, the Athenaeum

Two hundred years later and thousands of miles away, how and why do American readers continue to feel close to Jane Austen’s world?  Goucher Associate Professor of English Juliette Wells’ talk will center on the incomparable Austen collection donated to Goucher by Alberta Hirschheimer Burke ’28.  Tea to follow, where copies of Wells’ book Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination will be available for purchase and signing, proceeds to benefit Special Collections.  

*A Goucher alumnae/i event. By invitation only.

The Jane Austen Collection is one of Goucher College’s most significant research collections. The basis of the collection is the 1975 donation of Henry and Alberta Hirschheimer Burke ’28, which included rare Austen editions and related books about Austen’s life and times. The collection also documents Henry Burke’s co-founding of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Titles in the Austen Collection are searchable through the online catalog, which continues to be updated as additional material is processed. For information, contact Special Collections Librarian and College Archivist Tara Olivero at 410-337-6347.

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