January 15, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The Emily Dickinson Museum will present "'One of Cupid's Messengers': Valentine's Day in Emily Dickinson's World," a Valentine's Day program for children ages 9 to 12 on Saturday, Feb. 7 at The Dickinson Homestead at 280 Main St. in Amherst. Exploring how the poet and her friends observed this popular holiday in the 19th century, participants will also learn about Esther Howland, who created the first commercial Valentine's Day card business in the United States in the 1840s.

The children will make their own Valentine cards in the 19th-century tradition and try their hands at composing a Valentine poem. At the end of the program, they will enjoy a Valentine tea.

Two sessions will be offered: Session A from 10 a.m. to noon; Session B from 2 to 4 p.m. Enrollment for each session is limited to 10 children, ages 9-12. The cost per child is $15, including materials and snacks. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 4. For more information or to register for the program, please call 413/542-8161, ext. 3; or e-mail info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

Owned by the Trustees of Amherst College, the Emily Dickinson Museum consists of The Dickinson Homestead, where the poet lived and wrote, and The Evergreens, home of her brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan.