Museun of Anthropology looks at Valentine's Day tradtions
February 10, 2009 | Guests
are invited to learn more about the origins of Valentine’s
Day at the next “Saturdays at the Museum” program offered
by Utah State University’s Museum of Anthropology. The
theme for the day’s event is “Valentine’s Day, A Pagan
Celebration Transformed Through Religion.”
Activities are Saturday, Feb. 14,
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include a discussion of
how Valentine’s Day originated and its transformation
from a pagan celebration to the current customs followed
today. Ancient symbolism still in use will be traced
through its many incarnations, mainly through religious
influences, explaining how and why the symbols survive
to become imbedded in current practices.
The lecture is geared for adults
but family activities are also planned, including making
Valentine cards and discussions of the history of Valentine’s
Day candies. USU students and members of the public
are invited to the museum any time during the 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday hours.
The USU Museum of Anthropology is
on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic
Old Main building, room 252. Free parking is available
in the adjacent lot, south of the building. For more
information on this event, call museum staff at (435)
797-7545 or visit the museum website at www.usu.edu/anthro/museum.