Where did Valentine’s Day come from? Why do people send Valentine’s Day cards? What was Valentine’s Day like in the 19th century? Come find the answers to these questions at the Geneva Historical Society’s latest History Mystery program, “Victorian Valentines”. During the Victorian period, the love of romantic art and ideas made Valentine’s Day a fashionable holiday and people sent elaborate store-bought and hand-made Valentine cards to friends and relatives. In this History Mystery program, participants will investigate the history of Valentine’s Day and see some historic Valentines. Children will have an opportunity to make their own Victorian-style Valentine to take home.
“Victorian Valentines” will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Geneva Historical Society at 543 South Main Street. The program is for children 6-12 years old and costs $2 per child for members and $3 per child for non-members. Reservations are required. Registration deadline is Feb. 17. For reservations or more information, call the Society at 789-5151.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.