Civil War Conservation On Valentine Traditions

Published 4:31 pm Thursday, February 7, 2013

“Valentine's Day Traditions” is the topic of the Civil War Conversation to be held at Baine's Books and Coffee, 205 Main Street, Appomattox, Feb. 13, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.. The “Conversations” are presented by the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. February's Speaker is Mary Kathryn McIntosh.

People in the North and the South found relief and a way to express feelings for loved ones amid the horrors of war at special times of the year. For the soldier a Valentine card was a touching reminder of home while one received at home gave assurance to those waiting for his return. The romantic era of Victorian times found one of its highest expressions with these cards.

A multiple picture presentation will feature Ms. McIntosh's collection of antique cards with a commentary on the history of valentines, their manufacture, and their social significance in Victorian culture. Hear stories of both love and early marketing genius. Enter the era when a card could cost as much as a horse.

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<!– 1upcrlf2 –>Come early. Seating is limited. The “Conversations” are free. No RSVP is required.