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Old-fashioned Valentines, traditions program subject
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The history and beauty of old Valentines will be the subject of the Manteca Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the museum, 600 W. Yosemite Ave.

On display will be a number of old Valentines dating back to the early 1890s. They were donated to the museum by Ross Brown and have become a popular exhibit each February. In addition to the discussion of Valentines, a brief history will be given on the language of flowers.

“The Victorians believed that each flower had a meaning and they were extremely careful about which flower they gave a girl,” museum director Evelyn Prouty said. “For example, Baby’s Breath meant everlasting love; ivy meant friendship; and of course a red rose said ‘I love you’.”

The program is open to the public and refreshments will follow. For more information call the museum, 825-3021 or Prouty at 982-0339.