Join us at the Windsor
Historical Society on Saturday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m.
when Director Christine Ermenc presents a slide program on
valentines of the past and participants make Victorian
valentines of their own to take home. Floral imagery and
symbols, the sometimes amusing workings of the early U. S.
Postal Service, and the life story of Esther
Howland, premier American valentine-maker and one of New
Englandís most successful 19th century female
entrepreneurs, will be explored. Valentines often reflect
the times in which they were made; see hand-made valentines
from the 18th century and early Victorian era
before establishment of large American printing houses and
the U.S. Postal Service, Civil War and World War I period
valentines, and postcard valentines from the turn of the
twentieth century illustrating the many new immigrant groups
populating the nation, and cupids proudly driving the newest
After the slide program,
participants will have the chance to craft their own
Victorian valentine masterpiece using a kit. Each kit
contains cardboard backing, colored paper, sequins, lace,
ribbon, stickers, doilies, feathers, and a variety of
valentine images. Glue, colored pens and scissors will be
supplied. Cookies and punch will be served, and the
Societyís Celebrate! Holidays in Windsor 1880-1910
exhibition will be available for viewing before and after
the program. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and
students and $4 for Windsor Historical Society members.
Reservations must be made for this program; contact the
Windsor Historical Society at (860)688-3813, or
firstname.lastname@example.org . Audiences of all
ages are welcome; the slides and workshop work best for
singles, parents, grandparents and children ages 4 and up.
Parking is available around Palisado Green and in the
Windsor Discovery Center parking lot.