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Jane Austen Society of North America
2005 Annual General Meeting

October 7-9, 2005
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hotel and Travel Information

Hyatt Regency Hotel

We have been very gay since I wrote last; dining at Nackington, returning by Moonlight, and everything quite in Stile.
 —Jane to Cassandra, September 15, 1796

The Hyatt Regency Hotel, aptly named for an Austen conference, will accommodate the AGM in style. Should members wish to walk to a nearby restaurant, they may return by moonlight through Pere Marquette Park or along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a few steps from the hotel. The second-floor conference level and all guest rooms open onto an airy 18-story atrium, served by escalators and glass elevators. In addition to a casual cafe and bar, the Hyatt Regency offers Starbucks carryout and fine dining in a revolving rooftop restaurant. Shoppers may use the hotel skywalk to explore Milwaukee’s popular downtown retail center, the Grand Avenue Mall.

 The JASNA rate is $157, plus tax, per room for up to 4 guests, October 5-11, 2005. Call Hyatt reservations by September 9 at 800-233-1234 or 414-276-1234 and request the conference rate for the Jane Austen Society of North America. Hyatt reservations for the AGM are available only by telephone and not online.

Roommate Matching Service:  Roommate matching may be requested on the registration brochure until July 15. Share a room, make new friends, and save money!
Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency

Traveling to Milwaukee

The road was heavy and our horses very indifferent. However, we were in such good time . . . that expedition was of little importance to us; and as it was, we were very little more than two hours and a half coming hither.
    —Jane to Cassandra, October 24, 1798

Travelers to the 2005 AGM need not worry about bad roads or indifferent horses and will find that Milwaukee is little more than two hours and a half from many points.

Air Transportation
Milwaukee’s hometown airline, Midwest Airlines, provides the following discounts for travel to Milwaukee, October 3-13: 10% off the lowest available published fare for tickets purchased at least 60 days in advance; 12% discount for purchases made online 60 days in advance; 6% discount for tickets purchased within 60 days of travel. You may book online at or call 800-452-2022 or your travel agent; the promo code for the JASNA discount is CMZ1426.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, only 90 miles south of Milwaukee, offers additional flight options. An airport bus travels between O’Hare and the Milwaukee Amtrak station, a five-minute cab ride from the Hyatt Regency.  Airport bus fares and schedules are at

Ground Transportation
We have arranged discounted van service from the Milwaukee airport to the Hyatt Regency with Airport Connection.  Reserve online at, or call 800-236-5450; the group id code is jasnaagm.  A cab from the airport to the hotel costs approximately $25.

Train Service
The Milwaukee train station is a 5-minute cab ride from the Hyatt Regency. Amtrak service includes 6 to 7 trains daily from Chicago.

We have had some very delightful days, our 5th & 6th were what the 5th and 6th of October should always be.
Letter from Southampton, October 7, 1808

Milwaukee’s October Weather
Average highs at the beginning of October are in the mid-60s and average lows in the mid-40s, although lower temperatures are not without precedent. Join JASNA friends in Milwaukee and enjoy Wisconsin’s crisp fall weather and colorful leaves.

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