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Fanning the flames of Valentines Day

February 4, 2011

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, check out the greeting card sections in any store. 
To get youngsters in the mood for Valentines Day, children of all ages will have an opportunity to hone their creative talents on Feb. 12, when the Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum stage a “Valentine Adventure.”
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Feb. 12 at the museum which is housed in an early 20th century train station located at 206 Fellowship Street, across from Odd Fellows Cemetery.
"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.
"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.
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 was introduced last week featuring a collection of oil lamps which is 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.
During Saturday's Valentine Adventure, the museum will provide the art supplies and children will be encouraged to construct homemade valentines for their friends and family members. 
The Oktibbeha County Heritage museum is open to the public each Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment for groups.  For more information call 323-0211.

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