This Valentine-making workshop will provide you with the tools and the inspiration to craft an original card for your beloved. The Newberry’s free exhibition on display, Love on Paper, offers guidance in the form of historical Valentines, cordiform (heart-shaped) maps, and bawdy treatises on love from the Renaissance.
The Newberry houses an extraordinary collection of over 500,000 maps and sources relating to the history and culture of travel.
As a collection of Americana, the Edward E. Ayer Collection is one of the best in the country and one of the strongest collections on American Indians.
The Newberry has been actively collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.
The Newberry collection for religion focuses on sources from Europe and the Americas, from the late Middle Ages through the early 20th century.
From the Stacks
Valentine’s Day is known as an occasion for exchanging loving sentiments. Whether you send flowers, chocolates, or a handwritten card, these gifts express feelings of adoration for their recipient. But this mode of address has not been immune from more irreverent sensibilities. The Newberry’s newest exhibition, Love on Paper, demonstrates the ways in which the valentine tradition has not always been so saccharine and sweet.
Magazine editor and art critic Gleeson White was already experiencing holiday-card fatigue by the end of the nineteenth century. He estimated that at least 200,000 Christmas-card designs had been published in England alone at that time. “How many thousand patterns have passed under my eye,” he sighed in the introduction to his pamphlet Christmas Cards and Their Chief Designers, “I dare not estimate.”