A new exhibit of Victorian Era Valentines will open in the Butler County Historical Society on February 14th and run through mid-April.  The exhibit is free to the public and will feature a variety of ways people expressed their love and affection for their sweethearts, spouses and others during the period from 1850 to 1900.  It will be in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium of the BCHS, 327 North 3rd Street, Hamilton.  

On Friday, February 15, a reception and special Valentine’s Day program for the historical society’s members will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  A wine and cheese reception will begin at 6 p.m.  BCHS Executive Director Kathy Creighton will discuss how the celebration of Valentine’s Day evolved at 7 p.m.  She will present how Cupid, flowers, and love became part of the holiday as reflected in Victorian Era cards.  Non-members who wish to attend the event can join the society during the evening.  People planning to attend are requested to RSVP.