Oktibbeha museum fans the flames of Valentine's Day


Emily Jones, Special to The Dispatch



So many of our holidays have fallen victim to the political correctness police, but one holiday continues to warm the heart while Ole Man Winter insists on dumping snow, ice and rain on the country.


Valentine''s Day appears to be the one holiday not in immediate danger of losing its place in the hearts of Americans everywhere. If you don''t believe me, check out the greeting card sections in any store. I couldn''t buy a single New Year''s card because they''d been crowded out by Valentine''s greetings.


To get youngsters in the mood for Valentine''s Day, children of all ages will have an opportunity to hone their creative talents Saturday, Feb. 12, when the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum stage a "Valentine Adventure."



The event from 10 a.m.-noon will be held at the museum, housed in an early-20th century train station at 206 Fellowship St., across from Odd Fellows Cemetery.


During the Valentine Adventure, the museum will provide art supplies, and children will be encouraged to construct homemade valentines for friends and family members.


"This event is part of our outreach program to attract a wide variety of age groups to the museum," said Joan Wilson, president of the Heritage Museum Board of Trustees.


During Saturday''s Valentine Adventure, the museum will provide art supplies, and children will be encouraged to construct homemade Valentines for friends and family members.


"Our mission is to foster pride in our diverse culture and to ensure that the history is preserved for future generations," said Wilson. She added that the museum has recently undergone an extensive remodel of the structure, as well as the exhibits which chronicle the history of Starkville, Mississippi State University and Oktibbeha County. Some of the artifacts in the museum date to prehistoric times.



Other exhibits


The museum also features rotating exhibits such as the recent World War II 65th observance, a history of aviation in Oktibbeha County and a 20th century doll collection.


A new exhibit recently introduced features a collection of oil lamps on loan from Jerry Drott, a member of the museum Board of Trustees. Other exhibits include a 19th century kitchen, a 20th century doctor''s office and vintage costumes and uniforms.


The museum is open to the public each Tuesday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and by appointment for groups. For more information, call 662-323-0211.




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