Champagne and chocolate part of February’s Academy Lecture

BENZONIA — People looking for an interesting way to spend Valentine’s Day can enjoy stories of historic couples, champagne and chocolate at the Benzie Area History Museum.

“Historyteller” Maureen Esther will present “Valentine’s Day Couples in History” from 4-6 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the museum.

This month’s Benzonia Academy Lecture doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the Benzie Area Historical Society and includes a champagne and chocolate reception.

This special Valentine’s Day lecture will feature some of history’s most interesting “not so famous” couples. Starting with ancient Egypt and ending in the 20th century, attendees will hear stories of unconditional love, loyalty, lust and betrayal. Society members, couples and others looking for a fun night out are invited to explore this famous day of love through the “heart” of history.

During the intermission, guests will enjoy a champagne and chocolate reception and can view Valentine’s Day greeting cards and messages from the past on exhibit for the event.

Esther studied art and history in college and has presented to over 30,000 people on topics ranging from King Tut to the sinking of the Titanic. Her parents, Fred and Helen Latimer, were both active at the museum for over two decades.

Admission is by a suggested donation. Proceeds will benefit the Benzie Area Historical Society, the museum and the Drake School.

The Benzie Area Historical Society offers the Benzonia Academy Lectures on the second Thursday of each month. The Benzie Area Historical Museum is located at 6941 Traverse Ave. in Benzonia. Call Barb Mort, executive director, at (231) 882-5539 for more information.

 

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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