Valentines! Valentines! Valentines!

2013-01-30T00:00:00Z Valentines! Valentines! Valentines!Times Staff Report nwitimes.com
January 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAPORTE | It’s that time of year again when the LaPorte County Historical Society displays its collection of vintage valentines. The valentines are on display in the period rooms at the museum.

In the Victorian dining room, the table is covered with valentine greetings of the time. The 1920s kitchen has a young girl surrounded by valentine greetings from all her classmates.

In the 1920s living room a woman sits at her desk surrounded by romantic valentines while dreaming of her soldier husband. Paper lace cutouts with romantic sayings, three-dimensional stand-up cards and many colorful, nostalgic images grace these long-ago works of art. The antique valentines will be on display at the museum until the end of February.

On Valentines’ Day, admission will be buy one, get one free. Not only are the valentines on display, but all the other exhibits are available for viewing as well. The museum consists of three floors with more than 80,000 items on display, including 30 antique and classic cars, 14 period rooms ranging from a pioneer cabin to a 1950s living room, and an antique gun collection of more than a thousand pieces.

Permanent exhibits of American Indian artifacts, antique toys, two working model train layouts and a recreated barn are some of the other items on exhibit.

In the museum gift shop, valentine reproductions are  for sale. Some of the images have come from the archives of the LaPorte County Historical Society.

The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is at 2405 Indiana Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call ahead for admission prices at (219) 324-6767 or visit www.laportecountyhistory.org.

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