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Sweet Sentiments Exhibition opens at the Bartlett History Museum

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  • This Valentine and many others from the era were donated to the museum from the estate of Bartlett residents Harris and Pearl (nee Hoth) Gates. The greeting, circa 1932, was given to her lifelong and area friend, Eloise Leiseberg, by siblings and Ontarioville residents James and Lois Nesler. The inside features a cherub and sentiment expressing a sweet message.

      This Valentine and many others from the era were donated to the museum from the estate of Bartlett residents Harris and Pearl (nee Hoth) Gates. The greeting, circa 1932, was given to her lifelong and area friend, Eloise Leiseberg, by siblings and Ontarioville residents James and Lois Nesler. The inside features a cherub and sentiment expressing a sweet message.
    Pam Rohleder

 
Pam Rohleder

Since the 1700s, cards expressing love and caring have been sent on Valentine's Day. The Victorians turned these greetings into lavish love notes with the addition of flowers, lace, and winged cupids.

The Bartlett History Museum's collection of vintage valentines, dating from the early to mid 1900s, is now on display until the end of February. The free museum is located in Bartlett Village Hall, 228 S. Main Street in Bartlett. The exhibition, entitled "Sweet Sentiments," is located in the council chamber hallway and features cards in a variety of styles, artwork and design with sweet sentiments to match!

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