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Handmade Valentines featured at Gem County Museum

Messenger Index, February 15, 2023

by Penny Eggan

Heartfelt sentiment has sometimes inspired the creation of handmade Valentine Cards. Recipients have often treated those valentines as treasured keepsakes and a select few have survived to enter museum collections. The Gem County Historical Museum has a collection of beautiful Valentine Cards from the Victorian Era. The Victorian Era comprised the period of Queen Victoria's reign in England from June 20, 1837-January 22, 1901. Most of the cards were in the collection of Mrs. Downey, a 4th grade teacher in Emmett.

After the Valentine’s cards came the wedding. The Sunbonnet Signature Quilt from the 1930’s was a wedding shower gift from the Hanna Ladies Club. Each member appliqued and quilted a square and each of the members embroidered their name on the square they worked.

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