England: Jane Austen historic sites look to capitalize on anniversary year for upkeep fundraising

Two hundred years after Jane Austen’s death, she is the focal point of a campaign to raise money to pay for the upkeep of her older brother’s former home, Chawton House, which is operated by the Chawton House Library charity and features a collection of women’s writings.

The 16th-century building, located in the idyllic English countryside, needs to raise approximately £150,000 (about $197,000) to cover a funding shortfall after its principal sponsor, American philanthropist Sandy Lerner, withdrew financial support.

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