Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day at museum

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 8, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the first time, the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum is inviting young guests to step back in time for Valentine’s Day and create a traditional Victorian valentine.

“The Victorians, it was one of the few things in Victorian society that men and women could give freely to each other without it being improper,” said museum curator Mary Stachowiak. “Depending on the elaborateness of it or what it said, they would try to interpret the other person’s feelings.”

The activity is meant to give children experience making their own valentines, instead of just heading to a store. 

The “golden age” of valentines was the 1840s-1860s, Stachowiak said, after the lace doily valentine started “popping up” around the 1830s.

“Printing really improved, (and) there was more stuff they could use to make a valentine,” she said. “People handmade them up to the turn of the 20th century, (and then) it started going more to store-bought valentines.”

No registration is required, and the event, scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Selinsky-Green Farmhouse Museum — located behind the St. Clair Shores Public Library — is free. 

Stachowiak said they are always trying to add additional activities to the museum’s lineup to share its history with residents.

For more information, call the library at (586) 771-9020.

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