Valentine Like a Sailor

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Bring 19th-century maritime craft tradition to your handmade Valentine’s Day cards. Attendees will create their own special trinket for the holiday and learn about the unique history of Sailors’ Valentines—tokens of love and friendship. Historically, these small wooden boxes were given by seafarers to their wives, sweethearts, daughters, and loved ones when they returned from a long voyage. The small boxes open to reveal sentimental messages surrounded with intricate mosaics of shells and found objects arranged in exquisite geometric patterns and motifs such as hearts, anchors, and flowers. Using beads, buttons, and shells, families and friends of all ages are invited to the Seaport Museum’s introductory galleries to continue this creative tradition. Register online.

Location:

12 Fulton Street

New York,

NY

10038

United States

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