February 24, 2017

Today in History: Valentine’s Day


Today in History–February 14–the Library of Congress features St. Valentine’s Day, celebrated yearly by many on this date. Did you know that the romantic emphasis on this holiday may have stemmed from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14. Learn more about this lovely holiday by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below to access some fabulous primary sources.

St. Valentines Day from America’s Library

How Dandy Was Candy? Exploring Messages in Candy and Chocolate Advertisements Teaching with the Library of Congress February 2, 2016

Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: Valentine’s Day Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress February 14, 2017

More Library of Congress Valentine blog posts

For Saint Valentine’s day (sheet music)

More Valentine’s music

Love songs from the National Jukebox

St. Valentine’s morning, 1860 (wood engraving)

Valentine’s images

St. Valentine’s Day: a one-act comedy (1892)

Valentine Day at the Cabaret! (from 1919 newspaper)

Valentine’s Day historical newspaper coverage

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

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