Vintage Valentines from the collections of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society

BETHEL — On Saturday, February 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society will host a Valentine celebration in the Robinson House, at 10 Broad Street.

A sweet Haven’s Candies fundraiser is already underway. Purchase a special one-pound ‘I Love You’ box of delicious chocolates from Maine’s iconic candy-maker for $30, and all proceeds benefit the historical society’s programs. You can pre-order by visiting or calling 207-824-2908 and pick up the day of the celebration.

The Museum Shop will be open, with plenty of gift ideas for your Valentine, including the new ‘Skating on the Bethel Common’ 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, made from a 1997 folk art painting by Society life member Eleanor Brooks.

Visitors to the Robinson House will also have a chance to help spread the love by creating a handmade Valentine for the Maine Valentine Project. There will be paper, fabric, lace, and other supplies on hand for crafters of all ages, as well as a display of vintage Valentines from our collection for inspiration.

The Maine Valentine Project is a heartfelt local initiative, headed up by Dee Fournier and Willow Ochtera and now in its seventh year. The project collects donations of practical supplies—hats, gloves, socks, backpacks, toiletries, etc.—as well as Valentine cards and sweet treats, at collection sites throughout the community and distributes them to shelters for those experiencing homelessness, veterans’ programs, and other social service agencies, in time to share the love on Valentine’s Day. This year they are using space in the historical society’s Mason House to store and organize donations, and will be sorting and packing them on February 10. Stop in to lend a hand or cheer them on!

For more information, contact Amy Chapman at or 207-824-2908.

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