Lunch and Learn:  Victorian Valentines

February 14       Noon – 1 PM


Bring your lunch and a friend to the Windsor Historical Society on Monday, February 14th at noon, and we’ll provide great company, great desserts, and a historical program that’s engaging and fun!  For Valentines Day 2011, Society Director Christine Ermenc will use Valentines of the past to describe how the holiday started and how it evolved over hundreds of years.  Valentines often reflect the times in which they were made; see images of hand-made Valentines from the 18th century, the Civil War and the World War I period.  See cupids proudly driving Model-T Fords, and 20th century postcard Valentines illustrating the many new immigrant groups populating the nation.  Learn more about the language of flowers, where every flower included on a Valentine card or in a bouquet carried a coded message for the recipient.  In the days before Hallmark Cards, Valentine “writers” offered verses to fit any occasion for the purchase price of a few pennies.  Armed with paper, scissors, sewing notions, pen, and a Valentine writer, anyone could create an artistic rhymed card for a loved one.


Program cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members.   Please let us know you are coming so we can have enough dessert on hand; contact the Windsor Historical Society at (860)688-3813 or by February 12th to reserve your spot. Parking is available around Palisado Green and in the Windsor Discovery Center parking lot.  In the event of unsafe travelling conditions, program will be cancelled.  Please call ahead if in doubt.




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