Celebrating Valentine’s Day
Victorian Valentine’s Day Party
February 14 / 5:30 – 7 pm
Vintage Valentines, wedding dresses, and other expressions of love and romance from the Victorian era will be on display throughout the month of February at the Allis-Bushnell House Museum, as a prelude to our festive Valentine’s Day party for adults only.
On Wednesday evening, February 14, the MHS will host a celebration of love that may well become your favorite Valentine’s gathering. 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 accomplished local flutists Astrid Bernard and Pam Hunter will provide romance-inducing music. Discover how the Victorians celebrated Valentine’s Day at this festive holiday event.
Tickets are $25 per person/ $20 for MHS members
History of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 across the United States and in other countries around the world. Gifts of chocolate, flowers, and even jewelry are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who was this mysterious saint and how did his name become synonymous with love?
Several myths concerning the origins of Valentine’s Day exist. One version tells the story of a priest named Valentine who, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II in the third century, defied an official decree outlawing marriage for young men serving in the army. Claudius believed that single men made better soldiers. Valentine understood the law to be unjust and continued to marry young couples in secret. When his actions were discovered, the compassionate priest was put to death.
One story purports that Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. Another suggests that Valentine was himself a prisoner and fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. He allegedly sent the young woman a note professing his love and signed it “From your Valentine.”
Whatever its origins, the MHS encourages everyone in the Madison community to attend a new celebration of love and local heritage at the historic Allis-Bushnell House.