• Reading Public Museum
    Open 11a-5p Daily Admission
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  • Arboretum
    Open everyday from sunrise to sunset
Consistent with the Governor's mandate, The Museum and Neag Planetarium will be closed to the public until further notice.

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Do you know the story of St. Valentine? Valentine's Day dates back to the martyrdom of St. Valentine in 270 AD. Accused of secretly marrying couples against the wishes of the Roman emperor and refusing to renounce his faith, Valentine was sentenced to death. While in jail, he passed a note to a friend signed “From your Valentine” the night before his execution. . Two centuries later, Valentine’s Day became an official holiday when the Pope sought to replace the pagan festival of Lupercalia (which celebrated love and fertility) with the feast day of St. Valentine. . Image: After Octavius Oakley (English, 1800 – 1867), engraved by Stephen H. Gimber (English, 1810 – 1862), Lydia Purple’s Valentine, 19th century, ink on paper, 9 1/2 x 6 inches, Museum Purchase, 1922.849.1. . . #valentine #valentines_day #stvalentine #museum #history #art #readingpublicmuseum #RPMvaultShare Your Thoughts

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