Love lingers on

Local museum shows vintage valentines

MARION — Lacy hearts and charming cupids — a step back in time to the frilly and delightful valentines of years ago.

Area residents enjoyed an enchanting collection of more than 130 valentines from a bygone era exhibited at the Marion Area Historical Museum on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The rare collection includes valentines dating from as early as 1924. They range from simple cards exchanged by school children to beautifully elaborate three-dimensional creations.

Many still have their original envelopes with postmarks from the 1920s and 1930s clearly visible.

“The valentines are gifts to the museum from local families,” explained Donna Geyer, museum curator. “Some are quite fragile so we don’t show them every year, but every two or three years we like to put them on display and let everyone get a chance to see them.”

Refreshments including valentine chocolates and heart-shaped cookies were served, and those who attended had the opportunity to design and create a valentine for someone special.

The museum, located at 505 S. Mill St. (M-66), Marion, is open by appointment only during the winter. In the summer, open hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For further information about museum membership and volunteer opportunities, contact Geyer at (231) 743-2854.