Won’t you be my Valentine?   

Anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of Valentine's Day is invited to a free event where the history of the holiday will be explained in detail. 

Everyone is invited to join Andy Roth, Ph.D., a scholar-in-residence at the Jefferson Educational Society, for a lecture titled, “The History of Valentine’s Day.” This presentation is part of the JES Satellite Series with the Corry Higher Education Council.

The free afternoon event will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. at the Corry Hi-Ed building, 221 N. Center St. 

Local chocolate and wine will available for those in attendance over the age of 21.

The lecture will cover how a Roman fertility ritual became the occasion for wine, chocolate and greeting cards.

From Lupercalia to Pope Gelasius and the Saints Valentine — there were more than one — to courtly love and the birth of romance to Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules to Esther Howland’s Victorian filigree to Hallmark cards and Cadbury chocolates.

To register for the event, call JES at 814-459-8000.



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