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“Be Ours”: Worcester’s Role in the American Valentine Industry (Virtual Program)

Tuesday, February 7, 7pm-8pm ET.

You’re Cordially Invited to attend a February Virtual Presentation*
*(Limited seating available for large screen TV viewing at our Thompson-Kast Visitors Center.)

Just ahead of Valentine’s Day, Executive Director Bill Wallace of the Worcester Historical Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts will both educate and entertain when presenting, “Be Ours: Worcester’s Role in the American Valentine Industry.” For nearly a century, from the early 1850s to the late 1940s, Worcester was at the heart of the American valentine-making industry. Esther Howland, making hand-assembled creations and considered by some the “Mother of the American Valentine,” to the mass-produced cards of the early 20th century, makes Worcester’s story one of innovation, creativity, and ever-expanding markets. Learn about the three generations of Worcester businesses all encouraging someone to “Be Mine” and how to identify Worcester-originals in your collection.

Bill Wallace is the long-time Executive Director of Worcester Historical Museum in Massachusetts. During his tenure the Museum moved to its current location, expanded its programs and exhibits, and restored and operates Salisbury Mansion (1772) as Worcester’s only historic house museum. A native of Northern New Hampshire, he is a student of Mount Washington history, a gravestone enthusiast, and—if not at the Museum—frequently found at a Disney property.

Registration is now available for this Zoom event. (A Zoom invitation will be sent on February 6.)
Sliding scale admission: $5-$20.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for $25 or greater. Contact Sue Bonafini for details to become a sponsor for this lecture series at:

Limited seating will be available at the Thompson-Kast Visitors Center for those who prefer to watch this Zoom presentation on the Museum’s large screen TV. Call 585-589-9013 to reserve your seat with a credit card payment or to confirm check payment mailing details.

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