Thursday, February 11, 2016

We *Love* History

Here at the Museum of the Grand Prairie “We *Love* History” and want to share it with you! This coming Monday we’ll be having a program all about the history of Valentine’s Day. You might already know the story of St. Valentine and why we celebrate on February 14th but did you know that in the 1800’s people used to send out “lemon” or “vinegar” valentines? Come to the museum to see examples of lemon valentines and find out why people used to send out these insulting cards!

Not all cards sent out were of this variety. The popularity of Valentine's Day exploded during the reign of Queen Victoria in the late 1800's. The Queen was sentimental and popular- whatever she did everyone copied. These "Victorian" cards tended to be handmade, elaborate, and romantic. Usually, they included a heartfelt poem or message for your loved one. We will be making our own versions of these cards on Monday!

Of course, no program on President’s Day would be complete without talking about Presidents. This year instead of focusing on the presidents we are going to focus on the love of the Presidents: the First Ladies! We’ll play a President and First Lady matching game and find out the way to a Presidents heart! For Mary Lincoln, it was with food of course! We’ll have a taster of her cake famous almond vanilla cake available as well as her own recipe.   

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