Monday, March 04, 2019
March is Women's History Month! Famous Cape Cod women include Barnstable-born, Mercy Otis Warren, a highly influential writer and Patriot activist for the American Revolution. She is honored with a statue on the lawn of the Barnstable County Superior Courthouse; her portrait is currently on display in the Art of Americas Collection at the MFA.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
February is traditionally the month of LOVE; right in the middle falls Valentine's Day. According to one legend, Valentine, a 3rd century Roman priest, performed marriages despite Emperor Claudius II's ban on marriage. Claudius believed unmarried men made better soldiers, and martyred Valentine. Valentine's Day was originally celebrated with hand written "valentines" and love letters. Fancy valentines made of fine papers and decorated with satin, ribbon and lace appeared in the 1830's. Now, Valentine's is the 2nd most popular day for sending greeting cards (Christmas is the first.)