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Hearts at War

February 17, 2013
  • Kelly Hancock, museum educator for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., discusses the museum's collection of wartime love letters, valentines and homemade items of affection that have been featured in exhibitions and publications during a presentation Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Kelly Hancock, museum educator for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., discusses the museum’s collection of wartime love letters, valentines and homemade items of affection that have been featured in exhibitions and publications during a presentation Sunday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

The illustrated program, titled “Hearts at War: Civil War Valentines and Love Letters from the Collection of the Museum of the Confederacy,” was offered in conjunction with the Hagerstown museum’s headline exhibition, “Valley of the Shadow,” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.

Attendees learned about the history of Valentine’s Day, as well as homemade and commercially produced valentines.

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