Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day Themed Events
Expressions of love and romance will be on display throughout the month of February at the Allis-Bushnell House Museum. Some believe Valentine’s Day has its origins in the fertility celebrations held during Roman times. More likely is the story that a Catholic martyr named Valentine inspired the holiday. Whatever its origins, the MHS encourages everyone in the Madison community to attend two new, fun-filled celebrations of love and local heritage at the historic Allis-Bushnell House.
February 11 / 11 am to 12 pm
On Saturday, February 11, children of all ages and the young-at-heart are invited to make old-fashioned Valentines for sweethearts, friends, and loved ones. The MHS will provide all the paper, glue sticks, scissors, and doilies to create the cards—plus enough chocolates to keep the energy flowing.
The crafters will bring their imaginations and creativity to create one-of-kind Valentine’s Day cards. Advance registration is requested to ensure that we have enough materials for everyone. Parents will be responsible for the safety and well-being of their children throughout the program. Suggested donation, $5 per person.
Victorian Valentine’s Day Party
February 14 / 5:30 – 7 pm
On Tuesday evening, February 14, the MHS will host a celebration of love for adults only. Vintage Valentines, wedding dresses, and other expressions of love and romance will be on display. Victorian punch, adult beverages, tasty morsels—and, of course, chocolates—will be served at the Allis-Bushnell House.
Madison resident and nationally recognized storyteller Jennifer Munro will offer a moving tale of familial love, and DHHS student and harpist Michelle Jiang will provide romance-inducing music. Discover how the Victorians celebrated Valentine’s Day at this festive holiday event.
Tickets are $20 per person/ $15 for MHS members