The Rich and Romantic History of Valentines

Part Traveling Exhibit, Park Historical Talk, Part Workshop, join Ellie as she celebrates her very favorite holiday! Who was St. Valentine really? Who sent the oldest Valentine that is still in existence and what did it say? How did sending paper Valentines to loved ones catch on in so many places? These and other questions will be answered in this fun and informative presentation. 

Hand-made ValentinesEllie has been making her own hand-made Valentines since she was four years old. Every year she creates paper and lace treasures for her friends and family and she celebrates all things heart-shaped all year long. Ellie will share her collection of vintage Valentines and her research into the history of this holiday with participants.

As a special treat, Ellie is happy to bring Valentine making supplies to the venue so that everyone in attendance can create their own special hand-made Valentine to take home. Participants who already make their own Valentines are more than welcome to bring some of their supplies along to share with Ellie and everyone else. The Valentine-making workshop will take place after the talk.

Running Time: Approximately one hour

Materials: at least two 6-8 foot tables for the display of historic Valentines, one table for Valentine-making workshop, extra glue and scissors if you are expecting a large crowd or many children